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Plug Aeration - A Must "To Do" in the Fall

  • As a lawn ages, increased soil compaction can occur. 
  • This is a result of foot traffic, sports activities, pets, vehicle traffic and other forces that harden the soil and eliminate pore space in between soil particles.
  • Without this pore space, air and water flow dramatically decrease.
  • Because of this vital microbial activity ceases and the soil begins to die.
  • The result is poor top growth, increased summer stress and die-back, increased erosion, and soil that is pale in color and hard as a rock.

Benefits

  • Increasing the activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch.
  • Increasing water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil.
  • Improving rooting.
  • Enhancing infiltration of rainfall or irrigation.
  • Helping prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off from overly compacted areas.
  • In fact other than proper mowing and watering techniques, annual core aeration is the most beneficial activity you can do for your lawn.