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When To

 Aerating can be done anywhere from once every couple years to twice a year depending on your lawn’s needs. You’ll always want to have it done in the cool seasons, Spring and Fall, when grass and root growth takes place.  So come spring it’s a great idea to do an aeration in combo with dethatching and fertilizing. This will clean up all the dead debris left around the bed of the grass and pump a bunch a nutrients into this years new growth. Then when Fall comes around and you are doing your fall fertilizing you can combine it too with an aeration if your lawn needs it.  Your grass will get an awesome power boost right before it goes into its dormant period (just make sure it’s at least 4 weeks before winter starts to arrive).   You should not be aerating during hot months as this will stress your grass out and kill it.  Also avoid doing it during really rainy periods because if your grass is too saturated aerating will just tear your turf up.  If you are unsure what kind of schedule or when to aerate your lawn FT Property Services can help you out www.ftpsilinktoplans.  

 
How To

So you see all the ways aerating can help you do get that curb side look your after and now you wanna know how… well there’s three ways any home owner can go about aerating their lawns.  

You can rent an aerator.  

Many home department stores rent aerators out for around $100 per day.  You’ll want to make sure you are renting a plug/core aerator for reasons discussed prior.  Also your lawn compaction rates are going to vary from spot to spot so adjust the attention you pay to certain area with that in mind.  

You can buy one.

Though buying an aerator is an option it is a very expensive one, and not feasible for most.  If you want a plug/core aerator it will cost you several thousand dollars and doesn’t make sense for just home use.  For cheaper you can buy a variety of spike aerators or even aerator sandals (Yes they make these) but as mentioned earlier, this will only further compact your soil.  It’s best not to fall for these gimmicks and save your money.

You can hire a professional.  

Maybe you don’t have the time in your busy schedule, or like a lot of people find aerating to be difficult and strenuous. For not much more than renting one you can call in the professional.  You want to look for a reliable company that understands the ratio of aerating to soil compaction, and make sure that they only use plug/core aerators. If you live in Calgary, Alberta and would like to hire FT Property Services, Click Here.

 
We hope this guide help all you lawn enthusiasts on your aeration journey.  



ADDITIONAL LAWN AERATION TIPS


  • Water lawn before hand. 1-2 days before for 20-30 minutes (Unless raining)

  • If lawn has a lot of weeds you should have a weed treatment prior to prevent a weed invasion

  • Mow lawn to 2.5”

  • Clear lawn

  • Mark any sprinkler heads

  • Water lawn after aeration (Unless raining)

  • Depending on soil compaction some areas may have more holes and other no hole if soil is too soft

  • Leave plugs on the lawn to dry up

  • Don’t fill in holes

  • Break plugs up with mower or rake

  • After aeration is a great time to fertilize lawn

  • Great time to reseed lawn

  • Aerate schedule depending on lawn use and thatch and dirt compaction



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WHAT, WHEN, WHY AND HOW OF LAWN AERATION | FT Property Services Inc

WHAT, WHEN, WHY AND HOW OF LAWN AERATION

Written by I.W. | March 31, 2019 | Calgary, Alberta

WHAT, WHEN, WHY AND HOW OF LAWN AERATION | FT Property Services Inc.

There are a few tricks to getting a healthy green lawn and aeration is one of them. Incorporating aeration once or twice a year into your lawn’s maintenance schedule can greatly improve your grass’s health and keep disease at bay!

 We here at FT Property Services Inc would like to share a short guide with you about the what, why, when and how of aeration so you can have that lush green grass we all love.




AERATION GUIDE



What is aeration?

There are two methods of aeration: Spike Aeration and Core Aeration (also known as plug aeration).


Spike aerators are usually small, non-powered machines. These are often the ones you see going door to door during the spring and summer. Spike aerators use a spike, as their name indicates, to poke a series of hole into your lawn.

A core aerator on the other hand is typically a gas powered machine with hollow tubes that cut plugs out of your lawn leaving behind small holes. The holes loosen up your soil and allow air, water and nutrients in to be better absorbed by the roots. The plugs are then left on your lawn to dry out and break up, becoming a healthy snack for your grass and soil.

 It’s important for you to know the difference, your results will depend on the one you choose!

Though spike aeration is faster and cheaper, it only contributes to dirt compaction. Every time those spikes enter you lawn they further compress your soil, squishing your root system and actually damaging your grass. In our opinion, this is not aerating and we do not advise using spike aerators. Choose core aeration as plug removal is the crucial element to getting the benefits of an any aerating treatment.

 

Why do it?

Let’s face it, our lawns take a lot of abuse through out the year. Over time foot traffic, lawn furniture, age, weather and natural build up compact soil and turn it hard and lumpy. This leads to a host of problems and prevents your grass from getting the much needed nutrients it requires. Aeration helps combat this dirt compaction and is the main reason why you should be aerating regularly.

Once your soil loosens up, you’ll see the benefits that aeration provides:

 

Reduction in Thatch

Thatch is a layer of organic matter that builds up at the base of your grass blades. This layer accumulates over time and starts suffocating your lawn. By aerating you help break down the thatch and allow your lawn to breath again. Please note if your lawn has a lot of thatch you may require dethatching to maximize your aeration results.

 

Better Water Absorption


When it rains or you water your lawn it’s important that the water is properly and fully draining into your soil. You may notice water pooling in certain spots of your lawn. This, of course, is caused by soil compaction. When your dirt gets packed down there is very little room for the water to drain through it causing it to back up into your yard. This can be bad news for you as it usually leads to fungal diseases that can spread fast. It’s best to get an aeration plan in place before this happens. Aerating, by taking out plugs, allows the soil room to loosen up and water to be better absorbed.

 

Root Growth

Hardened, compacted soil is difficult for your grass’ roots to penetrate. Roots need room to grow. When they’re all bunched up near the surface, the grass does not have the ability to absorb the nutrients it needs. This leads to small fragile roots that rip out easily as well as weakened unhealthy grass blades. When you aerate you are removing a lot of that hardened dirt freeing up space for the remaining dirt to soften allowing the roots to grow deeper and stronger. It’s true what they say “Your grass is only as strong as it roots”!

 

***Helps Additional Lawn Treatments

Aerating is often paired up with fertilizing and over-seeding as it truly increases their effectiveness.  When fertilized or over-seeded certain lawns the treatment can just sits on top of the hard soil, getting washed and blown away or eaten by birds.  This leaves you out of pocket and no lush grass to show for it! But when you aerate the holes left behind offer little pocket of protection for fertilizer and seeds to fall into where they then can be absorbed by the roots and soil.