What is turf aeration?
Turf aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil to improve soil penetration. It is also called coring or spiking. There are many steps to keep your turf looking nice and aeration is a big part of that. Dethatching is another.
Turf aeration is used to relieve soil compaction. It can also provide the following benefits:
- Oxygenate turf roots
- Increase space for turf rooting
- Increase water penetration
- Improve fertilizer performance directly in turf root zone
- Increase turf growth and stress tolerance
Within a couple of weeks of aerating, more oxygen, fertilizer, moisture and nutrients will be reach the root zone and improve the overall heath and appearance of the turf.
Don’t expect dramatic changes from the first aeration. But if you include aeration as part of your regular maintenance, you can expect an improved performance, look and feel of your turf.
Types of Equipment
Different types of equipment can be used to aerate turf but the most common is hollow tine. This type of aeration removes soil cores to 3” to 4” in depth. You can will see dots with small soil plugs immediately after hollow tine coring. These plugs will disappear in a few weeks or can manually be removed after aeration.
There is also solid tine, which creates less damage to the turf and can go as deep as 6” to 16” depending on the equipment, without removing soil cores. Selecting which one to use depends many factors such as soil compaction, type use of turf areas and how much time you have before the turf needs to be in use.
When to Aerate Turf
It is best to aerate at least once per year. However, it can be done as many times as needed to relieve compaction. This is especially true for sports turf fields or other heavy-use turf areas. The best time of the year to aerate is spring and fall. The type of turf, weather cool or warm season, will determine the best timing.
Contact Heaviland today at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if turf aeration will benefit your turf areas.