Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Aeration allows oxygen, water and fertilization easier access to grass roots, creating a healthier turf environment.
Core aeration produces benefits that:
■ Increase the activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch
■ Increase water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil
■ Improve roots
■ Enhance infiltration of rainfall of irrigation.
■ Help prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off in overly compacted areas.
Aeration and overseeding can be completed in the fall to rejuvenate thin and bare spots in lawns.
When the layer in your lawn exceeds 1" in depth, dethatching may be necessary. It has been proven that excessive thatch can impede water and nutrient movement. More importantly, insects and diseases can thrive in the thatch layer, which will eventually harm the aesthetics of your lawn.
We recommend dethatching your lawn in the spring because your lawn recovers more quickly during this period of active growth. If this time is inconvenient for you, fall is also another great time to dethatch.
Although dethatching is very time-intensive, the result is dramatic improvement in your lawn within a few weeks. You will see a marked increase in the thickness of your lawn, as well as an increase in grass blade growth.
New Lawn Installation
Turf Pro installs new lawns from spring through mid fall. We provide two options for installation: seeding or sodding. Of course the best lawns are properly prepared prior to any new installation. Turf Pro is equipped to handle all of your lawn prep needs. We recommed installing new lawns in the early fall (late August to mid October).
Two ways to install a new lawn:
Seeding-- the preferred method of establishing a lawn
■ half the cost of sod
■ many seed blends available for any type of condition
Sodding-- when there is no time to wait for that instant green carpet
■ twice the cost of seeding
■ highly perishable--must be put down immediately
■ requires 2 weeks of concentrated heavy watering after installation to assure its success
NOTE: Watering is the key!! Whether seed or sod, once installed it is imperative you maintain moisture in the soil for optimum results.
New seed/sod planting preparation
The prepartion for your new lawn is the hardest part of the job. Proper grading is imparative for a long term properly drained and easy mowing lawn. New lawn installation may include any of the following:
■ Round-up application --eliminates any existing weeds or grass
■ Rough grading
■ Addition of top soil (if necessary)
■ Fine grading
■ Installation of irrigation systems
New seed/sod planting timing
If you have a choice, lawn installation is best done in the fall--late August to mid-October:
■ Fewer weeds
■ Great growing weather: sunny but cooler, warm soil temperatures, great rains
Spring and summer lawn installations are fine, but weeds are rampant, and the heat and frequent summer droughts require constant watering while new grass plants are germinating.