What is an Aeration and why is it beneficial?
Many ornamental turf grasses are found in areas of high traffic, in and around houses where children play, golf coarses and public parks. Constant traffic can cause soil to become compacted, leaving little room for the absorption of much needed nutrients. Aeration is a process by which a machine is driven over the target area extracting core plugs of soil, depositing them on the lawns surface, in turn the root zone is exposed allowing nutrients, i.e., water, fertilizer and air to rapidly penetrate the root zone, resulting in a healthier lawn.
Oxygen, Why it's important:
Oxygen is important to the roots turf system. It uses oxygen when it metabolizes the sugar that is stored from photosynthesis. The plant will starve if it doesn't have oxygen.
Not all aeration is created equal:
It's important to use core aeration equipment. This removes plugs instead of just poking holes in the ground. By removing plugs it allows the surrounding soil to loosen and fill the void created.
When is the best time for aeration?
Depending on the amount of foot traffic and other compacting forces like children playing, dogs running or driving heavy equipment over the lawn you may need to aerate as much as twice a year to keep that lush thick lawn you love. Warm season grasses such as Bermuda or St. Augustine should be aerated in mid-spring to summer and again in the fall if there has been a lot of compaction. High traffic areas such as golf coarses perform aerations monthly to prevent soil compaction.
What about my sprinkler heads?
Marking your sprinkler heads is vital to preventing damage and for that matter, marking anything in your yard that could be damaged by the aerator is crucial. Buying marker flags from your local hardware store is a simple way to mark your yard before aeration.
Please call Lawn Tech to schedule an aeration on your yard today!!!