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.

 

All Things Lawn Care

Where do we begin?

 

We all want to achieve a beautiful, healthy, green and lush looking lawn. If you have just come out of hibernation……like many of us, it is now, in the Spring time that we start to look around our lawns and realise they most likely need some tender loving care and a bit of work to get it that way.

As a professional lawn company who visits thousands of lawns, we know that lawns come in all shapes and sizes and more importantly all types of conditions. We know it is important to first discover what condition your lawn is before any treatments or lawn care programme is recommended.

Family lying on lawnSo what is lawn care to you?

 

Lawn care means different things for different people. It’s not all about size and shape either. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your lawn, then you have come to the right place. You may want a safe, even and lush lawn for your family to enjoy and play on. You may have nuisance lawn problems with weeds, moss, lawn pests and lawn diseases.

No matter what you want out of your lawn……you may want to get the professionals involved now, because often DIY products just don’t achieve the results you want or need for your lawn.

Lawn owner worried about lawn issuesUnderstand your lawn’s condition

 

This is a great place to start, before starting the process of creating a beautiful lawn get down and dirty and check your lawn out! You may notice patches that need repairing or are rough and bare. There may be issues in your lawn that will impact on it’s health. To really understanding your lawn’s condition you may want to hire a lawn care professional who can carry out a scientific assessment. In the long run this will save you on expensive and ineffective DIY products, as a quality professional can advise you on products and treatments that will only benefit your lawn.

Keeping your lawn in good condition can be as simple as maintaining its nutrient requirements by applying a quality, regular annual fertilisation programme. However there will be occasions when your lawn needs a little more help and support. There are several problematic issues that lawns can suffer from such as weeds, thatch build up, soil compaction, moss development, fungal diseases, such as Rust and Fusarium as well as nuisance lawn and garden pest infestation….just to name a few.

Regular lawn care maintenance

 

A quality lawn care company will offer a full range of curative and preventative lawn treatments for all lawn conditions. Most companies will offer you a Standard, Premium and Organic option. These will be tailor made for you, your budget and your lawn. When you have chosen your lawn care treatment programme you should be able to leave the rest up to your lawn care company. Part of a great lawn care programme will incorporate seasonally adjusted fertilisers to provide the essential nutrients that your lawn needs to flourish as well as herbicides to control those unsightly weeds. Your lawn care professional can take the hard work out of Scarification, Aeration and Over-Seeding. Each time your lawn care professional visits your lawn you should make sure you receive feedback as to your lawn’s condition and they should make any additional recommendations if necessary, so you understand them.

Bad front lawnWhat’s so important about quality lawn care?

 

Over time, proper lawn care maintenance, resulting in a well maintained lush, green and healthy lawn can add real value to your home and give you a sense of pride.

A healthy lawn can improve your homes over all appearance and marketability of your home. You may be thinking “It’s just grass…surely”. Well think again, if your lawn begins to deteriorate from neglect and poor maintenance it will begin to have a poor and unloved appearance and this ultimately gives a poor impression and will result in more had work for you to put right. An established lawn that is healthy will help to prevent runoff and erosion of the topsoil on your lawn. If erosion occurs, your lawn can lose some of the vital nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Talking about lawn care may sound like a lot of effort and time to keep up with, after all many of us live very busy and lives. This is where you may consider looking for a quality Lawn Care Company who will specialise in all things lawn care. Getting the right lawn care specialist will provide you with all the support you need to develop the lawn you dream of.

Lawnscience have friendly, qualified professionals who will only apply treatments to your lawn that will be of benefit. So, if you want someone to deal with all your lawn care issues, just contact us now to receive your FREE, no obligation lawn assessment and you’re on your way to creating the beautiful lawn to dream of.

 

 

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.