Lawn Aeration

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PROCESS

– Before & After

 

We want to educate our customers with how we aerate. Below you will find some information pertaining to what you should know before we aerate your lawn.2010aerationgrahpicrll

 

BEFORE – What to do before aeration

 

Make sure your front and back lawn is clear from any toys, lawn furniture, debris, etc.
If you have any buried items that we should be aware of (electric fencing, underground dog fence, sprinkler system, landscape lighting, shallow cables etc.). It would be very helpful if you were to mark any area of concern before our arrival (marked with paint, flags, or some sort of marker). We will not take responsibility for damages to any obstruction not clearly marked.
It is suggested that you water your lawn the night before. Although, this is not mandatory.
If you have a dog please scoop up any of his “droppings”.
If we will be fertilizing and seeding your lawn as well we advise you to mow your lawn a day or two before we aerate. If you have a lot of grass clippings it is best if you rake them up.

 

AFTER – What to expect after aeration process

 

imagesImmediately following aeration, your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. Within a week or two, these plugs of thatch and soil break apart and disappear into the lawn.  It is not necessary to rake up the cores because they will eventually dissolve back into the soil naturally. Mowing and watering/rain also help with the decomposition of the cores.

Soon after aeration, the aeration holes will begin to fill with white, actively growing roots. This is a sign that the turf grass is responding to additional oxygen, moisture, and nutrients in the soil.

Blog 93Without question, aeration is the most beneficial thing you can do for your lawn. Don’t expect miracles from a single aeration though, particularly from lawns growing on extremely poor soils. Lawn experts agree that most lawns benefit from bi-annual aeration. Think of regular lawn aeration like a routine checkup with your doctor.

With regular maintenance now, you won’t have major problems tomorrow!

 

KNOWLEDGE – What to know after aeration

 

What do I do after I aerate?

 

If you are looking to maximize the overall health and look of your yard it is suggested that you fertilize, overseed, and water your lawn. At the very least water your lawn heavily for the next week.

 

What will I achieve by watering my lawn after aeration?

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Watering your lawn after aeration can be very beneficial at helping to break down the cores left on your lawn from the aeration. It also allows water direct access to those newly exposed roots.

If you are planning on fertilizing make sure you have fertilizer that can allow water after you distribute it.

 

Should I fertilize after aeration?

Melinda-Myers-FertilizingYes, now is the best time to fertilize while the holes created by the aeration are still open. Your lawn is opened up and ready to accept seeds and fertilizer. The thousands of holes on the lawn allow access to the root system. This is perfect for fertilizer!

Always make sure to use the correct fertilizer treatment for the appropriate season. If you plan on distributing grass seeds DO NOT use a fertilizer that has any weed control or crabgrass preventer. These ingredients will destroy the grass seeds. However, if you are not over seeding than most fertilizers that are suggested for the season will work.

 

 

 

 

 

Is it a good idea to over seed after aerating?

 

spring-overseed-grass-seedIf your lawn looks thin in places it never hurts to over seed after aeration. Please note, over seeding is best done in early spring, or in the fall. You should also try to over seed the same day or within a day or so after your aeration while the holes are still open and before the cores start to break down.

If you’re fertilizing along with over seeding, DO NOT use a fertilizer with weed control. If you do, your grass seeds will not germinate properly. If you choose to fertilize in conjunction with over seeding (which is a good idea), just use a starter fertilizer that doesn’t contain any type of weed control agents.