Showing posts with label Aeration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aeration. Show all posts

What is Core Aeration?

What is Core Aeration?

Cores of soil (approximately 5/8 inch in diameter and 1-3 inches long) are removed with an aeration machine. Te displaced soil disintegrates, topdressing your lawn.

What Core Aeration Will do:
  • Increase penetration of vital water, air and nutrients
  • Loosen the soil to encourage deeper, broader root growth
  • Encourage soil fungi and bacteria to help degrade thatch
What Core Aeration will not do:

  • Solve extreme thatch problems (in these cases, Dethatching may be needed.)
  • Promote new growth in severely thin areas (in these cases, Overseeding or Spot Seeding may be needed.)

When To Aerate Your Lawn

Aeration Varies With Soil

Different soil types require more frequent aeration. Clay soil compacts easily and should be aerated at least once a year. You can aerate a sandy lawn once a year, or you could tackle the chore in alternating years. In arid climates, aerating twice a year will enhance turf growth and health. If your lawn is frequently driven on or used for parking cars, aerate annually.

Timing Tips

  • When you know you’re going to aerate, do so just prior to fertilizing or reseeding your lawn. Aeration creates openings for nutrients and seed to penetrate soil.
  • Control weeds prior to aerating, because the process of aerating can spread weed seeds or portions of weedy roots.
  • Wait for at least a year to aerate newly planted lawns, so that grass is well established.
  • Aerate when soil is moist, but not saturated. The tines of a lawn aerator penetrate moist soil more deeply; soil that’s too wet clogs tines. To achieve the correct moisture balance, your lawn should absorb 1 inch of water – delivered through rainfall or irrigation – prior to aerating. This may mean you’ll water for one hour one day prior to aerating or, if your soil is hard, for shorter times on several days prior to aerating.
  • Avoid aerating during drought or high heat. If you aerate in these conditions, you’ll stress the lawn by allowing heat to dry soil.

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Possible causes:
Compacted soil, poor drainage, weather conditions, weed infestation

Poor conditions are preventing the right balance of air, water and fertilizer from reaching your lawn's root system, causing thinning and/or dead spots

Core Aeration,
Silt seeding,

  •  Aeration and Broadcast Seeding- our premium service where the core of the soil is removed to allow more water vital nutrients to penetrate your lawn, encouraging optimal root growth. Core Aeration reduces soil compaction and helps break down thatch if present.
  • Silt Seeding- our premium service where a specialized machine cuts silts into the soil in which turf seeds are sown.
  • Overseeing- generally used for larger areas where the turf is thin but not bare
Determining the cause of your lawn decline is the first step in solving it.