The best defense against weeds, insects, and disease, is healthy turf
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What is aeration?
Aeration is physically breaking up the soil. This can be done in a number of ways, the most common being the use of a mechanical aerator, commonly called a “plug” or core” aerator. They work by simply poking a hole into the soil, a few inches deep. The core or plug aerator will pull a small plug of soil out, leaving it on the surface. These can be picked up, but it is best to just leave them there. They’ll break down on their own.
There are many benefits to aeration. The simplest way to explain it is, it’s like changing the oil in your vehicle. Soil naturally compacts due to human and motorized traffic (mowers, cars, feet, etc.), simple gravity, water pulling particles with it as it percolates through, and others.
Compacted soil causes lots of problems:
Water and nutrients cannot penetrate the soil, so they can’t get to the roots of the plant. When you water or fertilize, far too much of it will simply wash away. This wastes water and product, which wastes money. Plus it may end up in a storm drain, and eventually our rivers, lakes, and oceans.
The plants can’t grow! Roots, stolons, and rhizomes from the grass plant need space to move around so the plant can grow and reproduce. They can’t get a good hold, and will spend all of their energy simply trying to root, without accomplishing anything.
The soil can’t breathe. There is a whole world of critters living in your soil. Fungi, protozoa, worms, and countless other microbes are all living and breathing down there. Like us, they produce waste products, just like we do when we exhale. If these waste products can’t escape due to compaction, they will build up, killing off the beneficial organisms needed to keep the “soil engine” running smoothly. The organisms themselves will help aerify the soil, so by keeping them happy, they will do their jobs that much better. Biologically weak or dead soils tend to be naturally compacted, so the cycle of compacted soil keeps getting worse.
All of these lead to thin, weak turf. This will cause weeds to take over, make the grass more susceptible to diseases and insect infestations. You want your grass to look good, and grass growing in hard, compacted turf doesn’t look good at all.
Again, why aerate?? Because it’s the cheapest, easiest, simplest way to keep your soil healthy. And, the best defense against weeds, disease, and insects, is healthy turf.
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