Compacted soil (or "hard clay") and heavy thatch build-up are two of the greatest obstacles to a beautiful, healthy lawn. They tend to suffocate grass plants by preventing air, water, and nutrients from reaching the root zone. This means your lawn looks less than satisfactory in spite of adequate watering, fertilizing, and tender loving care.
What is the difference between aeration and aerification?
Aerification is accomplished by using a machine that is designed to penetrate and shatter the compacted soil to a depth of two to four inches. Shattering the soil allows air, water, and fertilizer nutrients to move into the soil more freely promoting deeper, healthier roots and plants. This machine does not remove plugs from the soil.
Aeration, while an effective means of aerifying the soil, simply removes plugs of soil to help air, moisture, and nutrients reach deeper into the soil. It does not have a large effect on the soil that is between the plugs.
It is our experience that aerification yields better results