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Aeration, Dethatching, Seeding

Aeration

We strongly recommend aeration for all lawns once each year. Aeration reduces compaction. Compaction basically means that the soil is smashed tightly together, making it difficult for water, air, nutrients, and your grass’ roots to get down into the dirt.

Compaction can be caused by a number of things—excessive traffic, hard rainfalls, rainfalls that cause flooding and/or standing water (forcing all the oxygen out of the soil,) by sodium in your city water, or just by the type of soil you have (clay, for example.)

Aeration loosens the soil and allows air, water, nutrients, and your grass’ roots to penetrate more easily. Aeration will allow your watering to work better because it will soak into your lawn more easily. (If you notice that water always runs off your lawn when you’re watering, you really need to aerate to save on your water bill.

The Benefits of Aeration include:

  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Improved air exchange
  • Improved water penetration
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling
  • Improved rooting
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown

Dethatching

The actual definition of thatch is “a tightly intermingled layer of living and dead stems, leaves, and roots of grass, which develops between the layer of green vegetation and the soil surface.”

Too much thatch hinders grass growth in many ways. Fertilizer applied on the surface gets tied up in the thatch layer, reducing the grass’ response to fertilization.

The un-decomposed layer of dead plant parts creates a good environment for disease organisms and insects to multiply and thrive. This can increase pest control and disease problems, and reduce the effectiveness of an insecticide or fungicide, should you need one.

Water penetration is greatly reduced by thick thatch layers, resulting in a lot of water simply running off. Also, the root system of the turf is shallow under heavy thatch and the grass can’t make effective use of the water in the soil because most of the root system is in the thatch layer.

The overall effect of thatch buildup is a turf low in vitality, easily susceptible to drought, and often affected by diseases and other pests. The weakened turfgrass plant is easily injured by any stress conditions.

Dethatching involves running a dethatching machine or verticutter over your lawn. Vertical blades will cut into the soil and pull up the thatch. This process makes a rather big mess and you will need to bag up a lot of stuff.

If you are thinking of dethatching, please check with your lawn tech or a field manager to be sure you need to do it in the first place, and if so, to make sure you don’t do it at the wrong time of year for your grass type!

Lawn Seeding

Seeding your lawn creates the thick, green lawn you’ve always dreamed of.  Seeding can also repair bare spots or dead patches in your yard. By maintaining a thick layer of desirable grass blades, unfavorable weeds get out-competed for nutrients and allow you more control over insect pesr species.

Types of seed services we offer:

  • Overseeding with Aeration
  • Power Slice Seeding
  • Bare Spot Repair
  • New Lawn Seeding

 

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