Aug. 27, 2012
-- Cornell University tests show: aeration plus proper care increases your germination 75-80%; the removal of soil cores allows water, oxygen and fertilizer to penetrate into the root zone better; core aeration relieves soil compaction; core aeration helps reduce thatch by more soil-thatch contact. This allows the thatch to break down naturally through micro organism activity.
Compacted soil and heavy thatch are the two biggest obstacles to a beautiful lawn. They tend to suffocate grass plants by preventing air, water, and nutrients from reaching the root zone. This means your lawn may look less than satisfactory in spite of adequate fertilization, water, and tender loving care.
Aeration opens up thatch and helps relieve compaction. It should be a regular part of your annual lawn maintenance program.
Core aeration is accomplished by use of a machine equipped with cylinder-like spoons designed to penetrate and shatter the compacted soil. Half inch diameter plugs of thatch and soil are pulled from the ground during this process.
The benefits of core aeration are: increases air, water, and nutrient movement to the root zone; intensifies decomposition of thatch; relieves soil compaction; stimulates new growth; improves drainage; incorporates organic matter into the soil; increases tolerance to heat and cold; increases effectiveness of applied fertilizers;
provides an ideal environment for overseeding.
Late summer/early fall is the best time to overseed your lawn. It is still warm to promote germination and allows enough time for new grass to be established before winter. Although grass seed also does well in spring, spring is the time pre-emergent crabgrass control is applied. This would also prevent the germination of desirable grass seed
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