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Core Aeration

Core Aeration

Core aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the lawn to: 1) increase oxygen flow around the root zone of the grass 2) stimulate microbial activity 3) to improve soil structure 4) to improve water flow 5) to decrease compaction 6) bring soil nutrients to surface Aeration is best done when the ground is moist in the spring and the fall. Spring core aeration should not take place until the ground has firmed up after the winter to avoid damage to new shoots of grass and further the compaction of the soil.

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Q: What are grubs and chinch bugs?

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A:  Grubs and chinch bugs are insects that can cause damage to the roots, crowns or blades of your urban lawn depending upon the lifecycle stage of the insect, time of year and quality of the lawn.  Usually the damage is seen as a dying area of grass with characteristic brown patches.  It is very important to diagnose the problem accurately since dog spots, over fertilization and diseases can all create the tell-tale brown patches.  Identifying the insect and the damage it is doing is important before deciding upon a specific course of action.

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Q: Do I need to fertilize my lawn? If, so when should this be done?

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A: Healthy soil provides nourishment to grow healthy grass. The soil itself needs to replenish its nutrients so it can continue to keep your lawn healthy. Keeping your soil healthy with the addition of the necessary nutritional elements is called fertilization. All fertilizers provide three main nutrients for the grass, which are listed by percentage weight on fertilizer packages. These are: nitrogen (N) which is necessary for stem and leaf growth; phosphorous (P) which promotes root, fruit and flower growth; and potassium (K) which assists other nutrients to function well within the plant. The ratio

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Q: What is Core Aeration and its purpose?

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A: Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the lawn. Its purpose is to increase oxygen flow around the root zone of the grass, stimulate microbial activity and to improve soil structure and water flow. Aeration is particularly beneficial for clay-based and compacted soil. Aeration is best done when

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