Taking out a little aggression on your lawn can be a good thing

Preparing and maintaining a lawn can take quite a lot of effort, whether it is mowing, weeding or fertilising, your lawn will need quality care and attention to get it looking great. Sometimes though, we ignore the real important part of a lawn, the root zone. It’s in the root zone that the serious work takes place.

Great roots make great lawns. One of the best ways to ensure that your lawn’s roots are healthy is to regularly aerate your lawn.

 

Aeration improves the soil structure in which your roots live by introducing oxygen into the root zone, beneficial for soil microbes which play an essential role in the development and protection of your lawn’s root system.

There are two types of Aeration, solid core and hollow core, your lawn care professional will be able to advise you on the best option after they carry out an inspection of your lawn.

Benefits of aerationAeration creates tiny “air channels” within your soil. Your grass roots use these channels to grow down into the soil structure creating deep strong roots.

One of the secrets of creating and maintaining a quality lawn is down at the root zone. This is the area of soil up to six inches below the surface of your lawn. It is here that billions of beneficial microbes live. These microbes help your grass flourish by creating a healthy environment for the roots to grow.

In particular they:

1. Protect the root system from an attack from pathogens, which exist in the root zone and can cause root disease.

2. Help break down thatch, which clogs the lawn surface reducing the positive effects of fertilisation and watering.

The best way to help these beneficial microbes thrive is to supply them with oxygen and this is why we carry out a lawn Aeration on our Customers’ lawns.

Taking out a little aggression on your lawn, really can be a good thing. By punching thousands of holes in the surface of the lawn, it will drive oxygen down into the root zone which helps the beneficial bacteria thrive. Aeration may sound a little aggressive for your lawn, but done well, by a qualified lawn care professional, you will see great results and your lawn will reap the benefits of this great treatment, getting it on its way to looking lush, green and healthy. A lawn you will be proud of.

Aeration is a beneficial process to achieving a beautiful lawn, but most people don’t realise it or understand the process. If you think your lawn will benefit from Lawn Aeration or if you have any lawn care issues you are concerned about, just contact us. We will visit your lawn and provide a FREE on-site lawn survey. Our professionals will only apply treatments that will benefit your lawn.

 

WHY IS MOSS GROWING IN MY LAWN?

Are you seeing a lot of Moss in your lawn? Well, you are not alone. We have been seeing a lot of moss in our customer’s lawns this year and receiving a lot of phone calls from lawn owners not sure how to deal with their Moss invasion!

Moss can be one of the most persistent and annoying unwanted plants in your lawn. It will happily grow in weak and thin grasses and if your soil is low in pH with low fertility and compacted, then these too are ideal conditions for Moss to grow. Take a look around your lawn….. are there areas that are shady for at least half of the day or more and that get water logged at times? These too are ideal environments for Moss to grow in your lawn.

So what can be done?

 

Effective lawn care includes applying preventative and curative treatments. Creating the best growing environment for your lawn’s grasses to grow and flourish eradicating Moss, Weeds and Lawn Diseases will result in the lush green and healthy lawn you dream of.

However if you already have a lot of Moss in your lawn, you may have to take some drastic measures to get rid of it.

Here is a list of things you can do to improve conditions for your lawn:

 

Soil testingCorrect your soil’s pH and fertility: The pH level of your soil will greatly affect the fertility of soil and quality of plant growth. A regular application of the correct and seasonally balanced Fertiliser is essential to maintain the health and appearance of your lawn. Throughout the year your lawn will need different quantities of specific chemical elements as these assist various processes which will naturally take place within your grass plants. A great lawn care company will provide fertiliser applications for lawns throughout the year as part of it’s annual treatments cycle. If you would like help and advice on pH testing and fertilisation, please contact us and one of our lawn care professionals will provide a FREE survey of your lawn and provide the right solution for you and your lawn. Just contact us.

 

Why is moss growing in my lawn?Get more sunlight to your lawn: You may have to prune or even cut down shrubs and trees that are stopping sunlight from getting to your lawn. Any species of grass will require at least 3 hours of direct sunlight every day, so if these areas are not getting that much light even after pruning or removing any shrubs or trees, you may need to find an alternative to having a lawn in these areas or accept that they will be covered in Moss.

 

Why is moss growing in my lawn?Relieve soil compaction: Soil naturally contains oxygen but over time it can become reduced due to soil settlement and compaction. Regular Aeration will improve any compaction your lawn has. Aeration creates tiny channels in your lawn’s root zone allowing oxygen to circulate and refresh the beneficial bacteria, which creates a healthier root zone. See more about Aeration here.

 

why is moss growing in my lawn?Mowing at the right height: At this time of year it is important to set your mower blades a little higher, a cutting height of at least 1 ½ inches, otherwise a low cut will remove the majority of healthy grasses and encourage Moss to grow. Mowing can continue into the Winter months as needed. However, if mowing is required try to ensure that it is done when the grass is dry.

 

why is moss growing in my lawn?Improve drainage: Lawns can become waterlogged if water sits on the surface and drains slowly away. Compacted lawns are more likely to become waterlogged. Insufficient drainage is an ideal environment for moss growth. You can improve drainage by using hand spiking tools such as a garden fork or for larger lawns an Aerator would be recommended. See more about Aeration here. Remember Moss loves damp and waterlogged areas in your lawn.

 

There are DIY products that are available that claim to control Moss. However as a professional lawn care company who visit thousands of lawns every year, we have not come across anything that makes an impact on Moss control to recommend any.

If you feel that the amount of Moss on your lawn is too much to handle, and then let us take the hard work away for you. Lawnscience provides a FREE lawn survey, where one of our professionals will visit you and your lawn and carry out an inspection of your lawn advising you of any lawn issues and provide a fully costed solution for you to consider. Don’t wait until Moss takes over your lawn completely, just contact us now.

 

The Benefits of Lawn Aeration

Maintaining a lawn so it is the beautiful lush green and healthy lawn you dream of can take time and effort. Mowing, feeding, weeding, pest control etc., are all part of a great lawn care programme, however what is often ignored is the importance of the lawn’s root zone. It’s in the root zone that the serious work takes place. It’s here where your lawn’s grass roots will extract the moisture and nutrients from the soil so the process of photosynthesis can take place and the grass plant can then produce the food it requires, by using the energy from the sun.

the benefits of lawn aerationLawn Aeration is a process that involves perforating the soil with small holes. This process will allow air, nutrients and water to penetrate the grass roots, helping the roots to grow deep and strong, resulting in a vigorous healthy lawn. By pulling the small plugs (approx ½ inch) of soil and thatch from the ground it will promote a deeper and healthier root system.

There are two types of Aeration to consider:

 

1. Hollow Tine Aeration is accomplished by the use of a mechanical lawn aerator equipped with hollow cylinder tines that are designed to penetrate and shatter the soil. This type of Aeration is the most effective on severe compacted lawns. As Hollow Tine Aeration removes the cores of soil from your lawn it is very important to remove these cores, as they are not only messy and unsightly but they will harbour weeds and moss spores as well as adding to your thatch build up issue.

2. Solid Tine Aeration is an operation that green keepers on golf courses and athletic fields perform at least once a year. Your lawn can benefit from this too! It involves driving solid metal spikes into the surface of your lawn, they can be punched in quite deep, say up to seven inches or more. This is the simplest and easiest way to relieve minor compaction issues to refresh your lawn. When a Core Aeration on your lawn is carried out annually it will go a long way in helping it grow deeper roots and uptake moisture and nutrients much better. As Solid-Tine aeration does not remove any soil, so the holes will eventually squeeze back together after a few days. At Lawnscience we would recommend this type of Aeration to be part of a general maintenance treatment that can be used on well established lawns.

If you are not sure what option is best for you and your lawn – Why not call your local Lawnscience Professional? They will be happy to carry out a FREE lawn review service and advise on the most appropriate option.

 

The main reason for Aeration is to alleviate soil compaction. If your soil is compacted, it can ruin your lawn. There are billions of bacteria living in your grass root zone which play a vital role in the health of your lawn. In order to do this they will need a good supply of oxygen. Soil naturally contains oxygen but if it will be greatly reduced if your soil is compacted with a heavy layer of thatch and has poor drainage. Grass plants will suffocate as the compaction will prevent the much needed air, water and nutrients from reaching the root zone.
Aeration will allow oxygen to circulate and refresh the beneficial bacteria by creating small channels in the root zone. The healthier the root zone, the healthier the lawn!

A great lawn care company will carry out Lawn Aeration at the correct time of the year. Traditionally this is done in the Spring or Autumn. If you are to incorporate an over-seeding of your lawn then Aeration is best to be carried out in the Autumn. As long as the conditions are not overly wet or very dry then Aeration can be performed. A lawn care professional will fully inspect your lawn before carrying out Aeration and will take into consideration the conditions at the time.

If you are looking to improve your lawn by Aeration, why not take advantage of the Lawnscience lawn review service? One of our fully trained, lawn care professionals will be happy to arrange a FREE lawn review with you. They will fully inspect your lawn and identify any issues it has and advise you with a fully costed solution for you to consider. To take advantage of this opportunity just contact us at Lawnscience. We love lawn care and you will feel confident knowing your lawn is in GREAT hands.