Maintaining the Quality of Your Lawn
Lawns need treatment all year round.
Weeds, moss and diseases are a continuous threat in our largely cool,
What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawn aeration is the mechanical process of spiking a lawn. It can be performed with a range of tines (spikes) with the most commonly known being hollow-tine aeration and solid-tine aeration. Different forms of aeration have slightly different benefits best described by a lawn care professional.
Aeration when performed in the correct conditions creates small fissures in the soil which are perfect for enhanced root growth and nutrient availability in the soil - making the very most of lawn treatments. Aeration is a frequently performed task in sports turf settings for this reason, so carrying this out once per year on a lawn at least will be a great help to the health of your grass.
How do we carry out Lawn Aeration?
Our lawn survey considers a range of chemical, physical and biological factors.
We advise our customers individually when we survey their lawn.
Lawn Aeration is a mechanical lawn care process. A machine with spikes is moved across a lawn, penetrating the soil to a depth which can vary from 50-125mm dependent on the given machine, soil conditions and objectives.
This process is different to using a garden fork to spike a lawn due to the time and effort efficiency gained, consistent tine spacing and depth achieved. A lawn aeration machine used in the correct conditions gently heaves the soil behind it, creating additional air pockets in the soil. A garden fork serves to displace the soil sideways, compacting surrounding areas and the base of the hole.
Common tines for lawn aeration include:
Hollow-tines - these remove cores of soil for aggressive aeration, reducing compaction and for soil exchange.
Solid / pencil-tines - these are ideal prior to overseeding, providing a vast number of holes for seed and new grass roots.
Slit / chisel / fracture-tines - these heavyweight tines have a greater surface area for maximum gaseous exchange from the aeration process, but may only be suitable through winter months.
When to carry out Lawn Aeration?
Lawns can be aerated throughout the summer providing the tines used are not too aggressive and irrigation can be supplied. Spring, Autumn and Winter are also ideal times to aerate lawns, providing this avoids waterlogged or frozen conditions.
Why carry out Lawn Aeration?
Lawn Aeration is an important cultural process for any lawn. Over time, soils can compact down and through stressful weather conditions grass root growth can suffer. Without any mechanical processes, we are dependent on lawn treatments to maintain our lawns which is not what we would deem sustainable practice.
The most important nutrient to our lawns and soils will always be air. In the form of both macro (small air pockets) and micro pores (very small air pockets), a healthy lawn should be made up of 45% air space for the best possible root development, nutrient availability and for the best possible drainage properties.
Lawn Aeration provides a list of benefits to our lawns with this process not only aiding a healthy soil and root structure, but also maintaining surface drainage. Aeration helps in preventing disease outbreak, excessive moss and localised dry patch - hydrophobic soil conditions. We aerate lawns within our Lawn Repair and Renovation service when combined with Scarification and Overseeding.
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