Top Dressing helps level the lawn and provides nutrients to the soil and the plant through mineral enriched sand. Our process for top dressing a lawn is as follows…First we scalp the lawn, second we core aerate the lawn, third we sand the lawn, fourth we drag the lawn to smooth out any high or low spots, and finally we apply a slow release fertilizer to the lawn. If you desire to have lawn that looks like a golf course then top dressing is where you should start. Please fill out our customer contact form and give us the opportunity to earn your business.
AERATION – Why should you aerate???
Homeowners often overlook problems associated with soil compaction. Insects, diseases, nematodes, improper watering and a lack of fertilizer are often blamed for a lawns decline when the real culprit is compaction. The problem starts when the top 4 inches of the soil become compressed, impeding the movement of air, water and nutrients to the grass roots. This stresses the grass plants, making them less able to compete with weeds and slow to recuperate from injury. In time a compacted lawn needs renovation.
Compacted soil contributes to the accumulation of thatch because restricted oxygen levels in highly compacted soils impair the activity of earthworms and other thatch-decomposing organisms. Left unmanaged, thatch can lead to serious maintenance and pest problems. Thatch accumulates faster on compacted soils and heavy clay soils than on well-aerified soils. Therefore, some lawns may require frequent aerification to aid in thatch control.
If soil is compacted, the solution is straightforward: aerify. The practice of physically removing cores of soil and leaving holes or cavities in the lawn is defined as core aeration or aerification.
BENEFITS OF CORE AERATION
- Loosens compacted soil and increases the availability of water and nutrients.
- Enhances oxygen levels in the soil, stimulating root growth and enhancing the activity of thatch-decomposing organisms.
- While removing cores of soil, the spoons or tines also sever roots, rhizomes and stolons. Grass plants are stimulated to produce new shoots and roots that “fill up” the holes in the lawn and increase the density of the turf.
- Reduces water runoff.
- Increases the lawn’s drought tolerance and improves its overall health.
Aerification of home lawns corrects soil problems but generally is not a routine practice. The best answer to the question, “How often should I aerify?” is, “As often as needed.” One way to determine if aeration is needed is by scouting the lawn. Take a screwdriver and probe the soil. If the screwdriver penetrates the soil with little resistance, then you probably don’t need to aerify. If it is difficult to penetrate the soil with the screwdriver, then you may need to aerify. Make sure the soil is moist when testing the areas since dry soil can also be more difficult to penetrate. Please fill out our customer contact form and give us the opportunity to earn your business.
Water going to the wrong place on you property can cause serious damage to structures and your landscapes. We are experts at making water go where it is supposed to. Whether it be constructing a Bio Retention Pond, installing a french drain, yard inlet or box drain systems, or even re grading an area to change the direction and flow of water, we can handle it. We have the equipment, knowledge, and know how to complete your next drainage project. Please fill out our customer contact form and give us the opportunity to earn your business.
We have literally washed thousands of houses, decks, fences, and commercial properties over the years. We have hot water, high gallon per minute commercial pressure washers that are ready to go to work for you. We also have concrete surface cleaners to clean driveways, pool pads, sidewalks and parking lots. Please fill out our customer contact form and give us the opportunity to earn your business.
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