Aeration, Top Dressing, and Overseeding
Warm Season Aeration
Bermuda, zoysia, centipede, and St. Augustine are warm season lawns. These lawns require core aeration to relieve compaction, and allow air and nutrients to get to the root zone. This is often considered one of the best investments to your lawn. Aeration usually occurs in the spring time, when the turf has transitioned out of dormancy, and has greened up. Aeration is performed on golf courses and athletic fields several times a year. Home owners with warm season lawns should aerate in the spring. Warm season grasses are rhizomatic plants. These plants grow horizontally under or along the ground sending out shoots and roots. Core aeration creates better conditions that allow these new roots and shoots to develop into new plants. Core aeration disturbs the soil and breaks the plant up. This action stimulates the plant and cause it to grow. Your lawn will be thicker and greener as a result. This sets the stage for the rest of the season.
Organic Top Dressing
Organic top dressing is a new service we are offering to all our customers with warm season turf. Top dressing is, what it sounds like, and that is the spreading of a special blend of organic mulch and sand over your entire lawn. This specially prepared mixture of sand and organic material will greatly improve the health and look of your turf.
You are probably aware that in the Triangle area our soils are mostly clay. Plant life will survive in this clay environment but it will not thrive. Plants need more micro activity and nutrients that organic top dressing will provide. Top dressing is most effective when combined with aeration.
Please contact your manager for more information about this service. Thank you from everyone at Eastern Turf Maintenance.
Cool Season Aeration and Overseeding
Aeration: Healthy roots mean healthy lawns
Aeration relieves soil compaction that occurs naturally or from normal foot traffic. Aeration pulls plugs from the soil alleviating compaction allowing oxygen, water and fertilizer to get to the roots. Hot summers, disease and drought take a toll on Fescue lawns fall aeration is an important part of the repair process.
Over-seeding occurs in the fall for Fescue lawns and is done right after aeration. Aeration and over-seeding is often overlooked, but it is the first step and the most important part of the lawn care process. A thick, weed free lawn starts with aeration and over-seeding every fall.