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Seasonal Tip

September, 2014
Why didn't my grass seed grow? »
This questions is asked all too often. Learn more about why your seed did not grow.

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Aerating

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Soil that has become compacted over time does not allow grass roots to receive adequate oxygen (air), water and nutrients. A great way to correct this is by aerating your lawn. Loosening the soil around the roots gives them access to more oxygen and nutrients. Aerating also helps roots grow deeper.

Aerating or "core aerating," occurs when small holes penetrate the soil removing a portion of the soil, grass and any other material at the soil level.

Aerating allows water, oxygen (air) and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil, resulting in better nutrient availability for grass roots. This also encourages the grass roots to grow deeper as the soil is easier to penetrate.

The Best Time to Aerate

It’s best to aerate cool season grasses in the fall (Sept-Oct) and spring (April-May). The best time of the year to aerate warm season grasses is in early summer, June.

Aerating Machines

Use an aerating machine that removes “plugs” from the soil. Aerating machines are available at most rental centers or you can hire a professional service. The plug holes should be at least ¾” diameter, penetrate 3” to 6” deep and be approximately 3” to 4” apart. The removed plugs do not need to be removed as they will disappear in a few weeks. Always aerate a moist soil for best results. Make sure soil is not too wet and not too dry.



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