A good looking lawn has a very pleasing and restful affect on the eye, and it is usually a good lawn that makes a property look good too. A bad lawn can make the whole garden (and property) look tired.
But a good looking lawn needs to have a regular service and regular feeding, like most other living things, and will only deteriorate over time if not looked after.
What causes a lawn to deteriorate?
Compaction is the number one cause of most lawn problems and this can only be rectified by the process of Aeration.
Soil will naturally compact over a period of time due to people walking on it, vehicles and mowers rolling over it, and the weather beating down on it. So every now and then the turf needs to be de-compacted to give the grass a favourable chance of survival.
What is Aeration
Hollow-tine aeration is the most important treatment a lawn can have. This is done by extracting small cores out of the lawn which allows oxygen, nutrients and water to enter the root zone which stimulates better root growth. It also penetrates sub-surface thatch allowing it to break down whilst relieving compaction and helping with surface drainage.
The one single most important item in having a good looking lawn is to have it aerated with a “Hollow Tine” machine, at least once a year. Golf Courses do it 8 to 10 time a year.
1st Garden Maintenance can offer you the best Aeration service by aerating your lawn with 45 holes per square metre, 12 mm wide and up to 100 mm deep.
The best time of year to have this treatment is either in the Autumn or Spring, but it could be carried out at any time when the ground is not frozen or baked hard. If the lawn is in bad shape or has never been aerated before, have it done as soon as possible to give the grass a fighting chance throughout the season. Because “Hollow Tine Aeration” causes the grass to grow much stronger, this in itself helps to prevents” causes the grass to grow much stronger, this in itself helps to prevents and diseases developing in the lawn.
We would recommend that you have your lawn aerated by a Hollow Tine Aerator at least once a year, or twice a year if you want a good lawn.
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Why does my lawn need aeration?
Over time, your lawn can become compacted by the pounding of heavy rains and by simply walking on it. The compacted surface inhibits water, nutrients, and air from reaching the plant’s root system.
When is the best time to aerate?
Aeration can be done anytime during the growing season. How many times your lawn needs aerating depends on its soil compaction. The two most popular times to aerate are in spring and Autumn. Spring aeration gives grass plants a little extra boost and provides faster greening; Autumn aeration helps strengthen underground root systems while providing an excellent bed for over-seeding.
Your landscape professional can tell if your lawn needs aerating and suggest the most appropriate time to have it done.
How does an aerator work?
There are several types of pull and walk-behind aerators on the market. The most common is a core-type unit that removes small plugs from the turf. Core aerators have a minimum penetration of 2 ½ inches and remove plugs anywhere from ¼ to ¾ inches in diameter.
What are some immediate and long-term benefits?
Aeration immediately opens up the soil to air, water, and nutrients. The openings allow air penetration and better water movement, and give plant roots a place to stretch out and grow to become more vigorous and dense.
Over time, aerated lawns are less susceptible to disease and thatch buildup. In some cases, the process can even solve small thatch problems. In addition, aeration reduces water runoff and increases turf tolerance to heat and drought.
Aeration is a natural process that has no ill side effects. Even the small plugs left behind by core-type aerators are beneficial. In the process of breaking down, they deposit a light coating of top dressing that helps decompose thatch accumulated at the base of grass plants.
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