Aerating a lawn can deliver significant benefits. Soil naturally can become compacted, which results in it not holding enough moisture and air not getting into the soil. As a result, the naturally occuring microbes in the soil are unable to break down any dead grass. Healthy grass has a natural life-cycle where old grass dies and is replaced by young, healthy grass – but if the soil is too compact the dead grass doesn’t break down and develops into a layer of ‘thatch’. The layer of thatch makes it even harder for moisture and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach the roots, which contributes to an even more unhealthy looking lawn.
Lawns which have excess thatch are more susceptible to other diseases such as fusarium in autumn and winter or red thread in summer. By aerating the lawn (see the diagram), water, C02 and other nutrients are able to reach the plant, resulting in healthier, stronger growth.
September/October is a good time to aerate, so if you think your lawn would benefit please contact your local operator – see here for the areas we cover.
The Great British Summer can be pretty unpredictable, so some areas of the country have basked in sunshine whilst others have been drenched with torrential rain! We’re feeling positive at Lawnkeeper about the rest of the summer, and are assuming
The longer hours of daylight and warmer temperatures are optimum conditions for your lawn – at this time of year the grass should be healthy and growing rapidly. (Some areas of the UK had horrendous rain and unseasonably low temperatures
Many areas had seen higher levels of rainfall than normal until the heat kicked in during the middle of July! Like any plant, grass needs moisture to continue growing, so that prolonged dry spells can result in the grass developing
Many areas of the country have had wetter weather than normal, and with Wimbledon fast approaching it seems inevitable that we will see more rain (and the covers on Centre Court!) But warmer temperatures do mean faster growing grass, and
Many regions around the UK experienced a mild and wet winter – and the unfortunate result of this (apart from a lack of snowmen!) is moss in the lawn. Part of our treatments include a moss control which will help
Now is a good time to repair any poor or damaged areas of your lawn by applying some grass seed to the affected areas. For domestic lawns we recommend a seed mix which contains Dwarf Rye grass and Creeping Fesques
April has seen some surprising variations in weather across the country, with the London Marathon even being forecast to experience snow showers at some point! Wherever you are, however, the warmer temperatures with moisture will mean that your lawn will
It’s time to cut your lawn! The days are slowly getting longer and warmer, so you will probably have noticed that the grass has begun to grow. Now is the time to begin mowing, but make sure you don’t cut
Although many areas have seen snow and heavy rain in recent weeks, we’re confident Spring will be here soon! To make a real difference to your lawn in 2016, it’s well worth considering aeration and scarification: Aeration of Lawns After