Aeration

Lawn aeration is one of the best thing you can do to your lawn annually. Most golf courses and sports fields aerate there lawn 5-6 times a year. Over time lawn become compacted and hard. The process of aeration is to relive compacted soil, reduce thatch naturally and allow air water and nutrients to get to the root zone. Did you know that a healthy lawn should have approximately 25 percent oxygen, 25 percent water, 45 percent minerals, and 5 percent organic matter? Chemical fertilizers have a high amount of salt along with our sprinkler water. This is a major contributor to compacted soil making it impossible for roots to grown deeper and expand. Lawn aeration is one of the most important services for a healthy lawn and should be done in the early fall.

 

What is a Core Aerator?

 

Two main aerating tools exist — a spike aerator and a plug aerator. With a spike aerator, you simply use the tool to poke holes into the ground with a solid tine, or fork. Plug aerators remove a core or plug of grass and soil from the lawn. For the best results, use an aerating tool or machine that actually removes plugs of soil. Poking holes is less effective and can actually cause additional compaction in the areas around the holes.

The most common aeration tool removes soil plugs approximately 2 — 3 inches deep and 0.5 — 0.75 inches in diameter, and about 2 — 3 inches apart. The core than lays on top of the soil where it takes about 2-3 to break down back into the soil.

Areas like Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Springfield, Mountainside, Union, Cranford, Clark, Millburn, Short hills, Chatham, Watching, Warren and Summit have high amounts of clay. Give Organic Lawn Solutions a call at 908-300-4848 to speak to a dedicated representative who can assist you with any questions!

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