Benefits of Aeration
Once the stresses of summer have wreaked havoc on your lawn and the moderate temperatures of early fall set in, it is time to repair the damage that has been done. On clay- or silt-type soils, or any soil type for that matter, soil sealing and compacting can seriously impair turf growth. Grass roots are injured because air, water and fertilizers cannot reach them in sufficient quantities. Mechanical core aeration, which breaks through this barrier, is essential for continued turf health. Fertilizer applications following aeration most efficiently provide nutrients to the turf roots. We apply an 18-24-12 fertilizer which hastens germination and promotes rapid root development. Also, after aeration, the plugs which are left behind assist in breaking down thatch.
Aeration is best done by power equipment that pulls out small cores of soil every 3 to 4 inches. Unlike other companies, we double aerate all turf areas. This maximizes the number of holes created, allowing twice as much seed to germinate and twice as much fertilizer to get to the root zone. We use the highest quality turf type tall fescue blend. This blend has a 99 percent germination rate, when irrigated properly.
Aeration should be done at least once a year. We believe that spring aeration creates a prime environment for weed germination. Therefore, early fall is the best time for all cool season grasses. The earlier these steps are taken, the more time the grass has to mature and root in before winter arrives. This in turn will make for a better spring turf.
Large bare spots in the yard need special attention and are not included in the standard aeration price. Depending on size, the areas need to be renovated or hand scratched and seeded.
If you have an invisible dog fence and/or an irrigation system we will work with you to get them marked before aeration begins. We look forward to making your lawn the most attractive in the neighborhood.