Aerating your lawn is one of the most beneficial things you
can do to create and maintain a healthy, lush lawn.
METHOD OF AERATION:
Deep core aeration is performed by a roto- tiller type machine which uses hollow tines to remove cores of soil and leaves them on the surface of the lawn. These plugs of soil should ideally be ¾ of an inch in diameter and 3 inches in length. The plugs are left on the lawn and are broken down by time, mowing, and rainfall. These plugs return valuable nutrients to the soil.
Aeration when done in the spring or fall creates many benefits for your lawn. Aeration opens up the root zone by creating more spaces in the soil. Because grass roots grow in the spaces of the soil, it encourages deeper and more extensive root systems. It also allows better access for the exchange of air and water. Fertilizer also benefits. Deep core aeration punches holes in the thatch layer and pulls thatch-eating microorganisms from deeper in the soil to the top of the thatch layer. If your lawn is compacted, deep core aeration is an excellent method of relieving this problem. Applying pH adjustments after aeration enables the lime or sulphur to penetrate deeper into the soil. This in turn allows nutrients to get deeper into the root zone. If your lawn requires over seeding, aerating before and after will greatly enhance seed to soil contact. The holes left behind by the plugs which are pulled out, provide a protected environment essential for germination and growth.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO AERATE:
In the area we live in, spring or fall are the best times to aerate your lawn. If your thatch layer is more than ¾ of an inch but less than 2 inches, you should consider aerating twice in one year. If your thatch layer is over 2 inches in depth, alternative methods must be used to lessen the thatch layer. Quite simply put, deep core aeration is one of the homeowner’s greatest weapons in creating a beautiful, lush lawn.
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