Many customers of ours, we’ve noticed aren’t familiar with what core aeration is. In a brief quick explanation, core aerating is the process of a machine pulling plugs of soil, 1-3 inches deep from your lawn and dropping them back on your lawn. Almost looking like some sort of animal left many droppings all over your lawn. So what does this do, why do we recommend all of our customers to core aerate a minimum, of once a year? Core aerating has many benefits. First one, it reduces compaction. On many lawns we mow, you can walk on and it will feel as if you are walking on a cement. By aerating this lawn, pulling out “cores” of soil, it leaves the lawn less compact. It allow water, air, nutrients, and any additional supplements you add to reach the soil, root system of the lawn. Core aerating is a natural process, where you are improving the soil, which in turn effects the appearance of your lawn. When core aerating we suggest you overseed to promote a dense thick lawn..You can give it a feeding, apply lime to balance acidity. Or even just give your lawn an organic feeding. After a year like this with very little precipitation, aerating in the fall would be a great relief, where the lawn did not see much water.
April 1st, 2015
Today, April 1st with snow still on the ground, we were outside removing some boards and changing an oil filter. Couldn’t feel any better with the sun beaming down on us and a breeze telling us that Spring had finally arrived. As I looked around the yard and at the distant trees I began to reminisce about different landscaping experiences from the past. My first recollection was of my father (Mike) leading the way, taking charge, showing me and my brothers how things were done. As I looked at him now with a shovel in hand, moving the snow around a puddle, making a path for water to flow, I couldn’t help but realize how true it is when people say “time flies”. And then I pictured myself and brothers at a younger age around my father (a yonger version), just working, doing different activities. At the time I did not appreciate those experiences, but now it is no longer just ‘work’, it is something I enjoy and appreciate. A family business, that my father started part time, as we were young, Mike and Sons Landsdcaping Inc., has become part of my life and holds many good memories.