Spring is right around the corner for us in Kennesaw, Douglasville, and other surrounding areas, and the perfect time for core aeration. Experts at UGA recommend core aeration this spring to help alleviate the compaction caused by last fall’s drought, so call us today for a free evaluation and quote! Discover the difference core aeration does for your lawn! Posted by Alternative Environments, Inc on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Spring is right around the corner fo us! However, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball last year with the extremely warm temperatures we experienced in November and December. With this, the Bermuda and Zoyzia yards delayed going into dormancy and stayed greener longer than normal. By delaying dormancy, these grasses may have used up vital nutrients (chlorophyll) that they store to allow them to green up in the spring. Bermuda and Zoyzia yards may delay in greening, or not green up to its normal vibrant appearance; having a greenish-yellow hue. To help alleviate this, some lawn care providers are offering core aeration plus some type of fertilization treatment to help replenish diminished nutrients that were lost in the extended warmer temperatures last year.
In the colder areas of the south, warm season grasses will most likely go dormant, but still need to be fed in preparation for the spring warm-up. Early spring feeding is a good time for full fertilization and other nutrients to be added for a good root system to continue and develop more intensively in preparation for the stress of the heat of summer. Do not fertilize warm season grasses in late fall as this could make the grass more susceptible to cold weather injury. Very few soils are fertile enough to supply the nutrients which healthy lawns need. The soil in most areas has become so depleted over the years that fertilizers and other additives must be added. Nitrogen is a key element in chlorophyll molecules, which gives plants their green color and is involved in creating food for the plant through photosynthesis. The lack of nitrogen shows up as general yellowing (chlorosis) of the plant. Potassium helps regulate plant metabolism and affects water pressure regulation inside and ou side of plant cells. It is important for good root development.
Core aeration is an excellent way to begin preparing your warm season grass for a good growing season this year. It aids in relieving harmful thatch, increases root development and water retention, and promotes overall lawn health & vitality. It also is an excellent way to mitigate soil compaction. Core aeration reduces compaction and allows water and oxygen to get to the plant. Core aeration can also stimulate root growth in sod lawns that need to connect to the soil. Thatch, a mat of above ground roots that prevents air and water from getting to the soil, can also be broken up with core aeration.
For many years, professional golf course greens keepers have known that the secret of a beautiful course is to aerate two or three times each year, allowing the healthy grassroots to thrive. Now your lawn, in Kennesaw, Douglasville and other areas, can enjoy the benefits of professional aeration.