Soil, particularly heavy clay soils has a tendency to compact. The soil particles get pushed closer together by heavy rainfall or traffic on the surface making it difficult for moisture and gases essential for grass development to flow freely back and for through the soil to the roots and surface leading to poor root development. Poorly developed roots -lead to weak grass and poor drought and disease tolerance. Avoid unsitely grass areas with our expert spiking lawn services.
Hollow Tine Aeration
Compacted ground can have serious consequences for any lawn but can be cured by simply aerating the soil. Lawn and Weed Expert can easily aerate your lawn and relieve compaction. We have professional aerating machines that move across the lawn surface punching metal spikes 2- 3 inches into the ground making hundreds of small holes in the lawn. The spikes can be hollow to enable them to pull a soil core out of the ground which helps remove troublesome thatch as well as aerating the ground. Lawns should be regularly aerated to ensure that the grass roots are healthy and can develop.
The royal horticultural society recommend that laws are spiked every 2- 3 years and hollow tine aerated every 3- 4 years
Heavy soils will become compacted and need to be hollow tine aerated to reduce the effects of the compaction in the soil and can be top dressed with a 70 % sand loam mix to improve soil ventilation once every 3 – 4 years
A typical characteristic of a waterlogged lawn is a sticky covering of paste like soil sitting on the surface. Compaction caused by steady footfall or even heavy rainfall result in slow draining areas that hold water and form puddles. Relief can be achieved by penetrating the soil to a depth of 4 “ then top dressing — filling the holes with sandy top dressing to act as mini ventilation shafts improving the flow of water and air to the roots. Work should be carried out in the autumn as opposed to the spring and a rich feed of potassium used to assist root development.
Aeration and Top Dressing assists by improving surface drainage. More serious cases may require land drainage.