In the mad rush to ensure your lawn is mowed, weeded, fertilized and irrigated, the need for aerating is often overlooked. But, as sod ages, the soil underneath can become so compacted, there is little or no pore space (small pockets of air held in the soil), making it difficult for grass roots to absorb water and nutrients. Before long, the lawn will deteriorate, becoming more susceptible to weeds and attack by insects and diseases.
Aeration involves the removal of small cores—or plugs of soil—which are then deposited on the surface (they’ll work their way into the grass within a month). The small holes that remain help to break up compacted areas and allow water and air to penetrate to the root zone.
removes thatch, a tight mat of dead rhizomes, stems and roots, which builds up under the surface of a lawn. Some thatch is beneficial to lawns, but too much blocks water, air and nutrients from reaching the soil. If thatch gets thicker than 1/2 inch deep, the roots grow in the thatch instead of the soil.
If the grass roots grow in thatch, the lawn may not survive hot, dry weather in the summer. Thick layers of thatch provide a home for insects and can result in an uneven, bumpy surface on a lawn, making it hard to mow. Thatch prolongs high humidity for the roots, promoting fungal and bacterial diseases. It builds up in lawns that are poorly aerated or drains poorly. Pesticides used to repel earthworms can also increase the layer of thatch.
With all the hot weather we get here in the Okanagan it is vital that your irrigation is maintained so that your plants, trees and lawns never go without water. It is highly common that after the winter months there are likely to be issues with pipes and sprinklers and even your drip lines to your plants, we can do all of your fixes and ensure that you have a healthy running irrigation setup.
Healthy lawns depend on many factors including adequate water for cell enlargement and evaporative cooling, sunlight and carbon dioxide for energy production, and oxygen for respiration. Lawn growth also depends on nutrients or essential elements absorbed by roots from the soil. When natural soil processes do not provide adequate supplies of these essential elements, fertilizer can be applied to maintain optimum turfgrass growth. The purpose of fertilizing a lawn is to add the necessary nutrients in the required amounts and at the proper time to achieve desirable lawn qualities and healthy turfgrass plants.