Air is vital to everything that lives, and grass is no different! The six visits of our Standard Package is the most popular with our customers.
What does the Standard Package include?
The five visits of our Lawn Basics:
T1 - Spring starter fertiliser and weed control
T2 - Early-Summer fertiliser and main weed control
T3 - Late-Summer non-scorch fertiliser and spot weed control
T4 - Autumn liquid fertiliser and early moss control
T5 - Winter micronutrient feed and main moss control
An annual solid / slit tine aeration (spiking) with one of our
What is the need for an aeration?
Aeration, after mowing, is the best single operation you can carry out on the lawn. Groundsman and greenkeepers have a deep understanding of the benefits that this operation brings, so will aerate turf on at least a monthly basis. Providing the access to your lawns with our machine is adequate, we will always recommend our Standard Package for this annual aeration. Here are our three main benefits for lawns:
1) Stimulates root growth and improves nutrient uptake
Roots do not grow in soil - roots grow into air pockets within the soil. The ideal soil should be made up of 45% water and 45% air space. By aerating several inches deep we are creating air pockets in the soil to improve root depth and mass.
Not all nutrients are mobile in the soil. An important example being potassium which is fixed in the soil and roots must find it. An annual aeration makes the most of the fertilisers already applied to your lawn and gives it the best possible start to the year.
2) Improves surface drainage and reduces moss growth
Our machines penetrate the soil several inches, taking water away from the surface where it can cause problems such as moss and disease, and delivers this water to the roots. Moss will thrive in a lawn which sits wet for long periods - aeration will help to address the cause.
3) Aeration is a form of thatch control
Often forgotten about, but air will improve the natural breakdown of thatch. Punching holes through any thatch layer will slow its development. This is our most popular package and our lawns are not thatch ridden - unlike lawns we gain from some competitors!
When do you carry out this visit?
We look to carry out the majority of aerations during January and February. After carrying out this work almost all year around in previous years, we've found that late winter / early spring provides us with the best results. At this time of year, soils are soft enough to gain maximum depth without being so wet to cause problems. Aerating around frosty days help to inject even more air into the soil with water freezing and thawing.
Our aerations work hand in hand with the nutritional balance of our spring fertiliser for the very best results above and below ground. A healthy root system will aid your lawn in both wetter and drier weather.
If you would like a free lawn survey from us, you can get in touch via our online form.
One of our aerators - this with a fracture-tine reel for deeper rootzone penetration. These are thick, heavyweight tines which are ideal with the infrequent aeration that lawns receive in comparison to fine turf surfaces such as golf greens.