When, Why and How Often Do We Aerate a Lawn
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Aeration is one of the single most important procedures you can carry out on grass. It prunes roots off, opens up oxygen pathways and removes small thatch plugs from a lawn. Aeration is also an essential process to help reduce moss levels.
Over time, as a lawn receives a lot of use and foot traffic, the soil becomes hard and compact, meaning the grass is affected by the poor environment below. When the soil becomes highly compact, the lawn can easily become waterlogged as moisture cannot pass through into the soil properly.
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Aeration treatments are carried out during the winter between November and March. However, we may recommend a different time of year for specific lawns.
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Aeration is the best way of reducing soil compaction, and allows the exchange of gases from the soil underneath your lawns. Aeration is also an essential process to help reduce moss levels and improve surface drainage.
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In order to consistently maintain a healthy lawn, aeration must be carried out annually. Aeration is included in our standard treatment programme.
Lawn Master can provide two types of aeration. They are hollow-tine aeration and solid-tine aeration.
Hollow-tine aeration removes cores from the lawn and throws them onto the surface. Solid-tine aeration is similar, but no cores are removed. Instead, the machine punches a hole into the lawn without leaving messy cores on the surface.
Although hollow-tine aeration can further reduce the compaction of the soil, the vast majority of lawns in the UK only require solid-tine aeration. One of the advantages of solid-tine aeration is that no cores are left on the surface of the lawn, therefore there is no mess to clear afterwards.
The most important factor to consider is whether the type of aeration being offered is the correct type for your lawn, to ensure that it is beneficial. For example, if you have a clay soil-based lawn, then hollow-tine aeration would not provide any benefits, where as solid-tine aeration would. Your local Lawn Master representative will be able to recommend the right type of aeration for your lawn.
The punching of holes in the lawn is the action of aeration. The holes created open up oxygen pathways and to provide a host of benefits such as improved drainage, gaseous exchange and improved root depth.
Scarification and aeration are not the same. A scarifier is a powerful machine that reduces the thatch layer and removes organic matter and debris between the lower leaf level of the lawn. An aerator is a machine that prunes roots off, opens up oxygen pathways and removes small thatch plugs from a lawn, and therefore reducing moss levels.
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