Aeration and Mulching
Aeration and mulching are important processes that keep your lawn looking fresh and healthy throughout the year. The roots of trees, grass and other plants require water, air and other nutrients in order to grow the best that they can. Over time, soil can become compacted, making it difficult for air and nutrients to rise up to the roots. Aeration is the process of creating small holes over an area to relieve soil compaction and bring air to the roots. Mulching goes hand in hand with aeration. Mulching is the process of covering the ground with rich nutrients so that the soil can soak them up and take the nutrients to where they are needed, the roots.
One of the things that you may not know about aeration is that your lawn could require more frequent aeration than just once per year. Aeration is typically considered an annual process, but there are many factors that could lead to your soil becoming more compacted more quickly. This will lead to choking out the roots from water, air and nutrients, causing your lawn’s appeal to fade over time. Some places need aeration a couple of times per year, while other places may only require aeration every other year.
There are several different kinds of aerating tools on the market today, and choosing which aeration tool is the best one to use for your lawn is a simple process for our knowledgeable team. There are two main categories of aeration tools which are spike aerators and plug aerators. Spike aerators are tools that are typically a manually powered object that have spikes or forks at the tip. These spikes poke holes into the ground in order to provide aeration. Plug aerators do more than just poke holes. These particular aerators will actually remove a small core of soil as they poke the dirt. Plus aerators are considered better for your lawn because by removing small bits of soil, they can create less compaction.
Types of Mulch
Mulch can be created out of a multitude of materials and colours and are chosen depending on the varying needs of the landscape. There are many theories about which colours work best, but typically specific colours are chosen for curb appeal. There are also differences between organic and inorganic mulches. Organic mulch will break up and dissolve easily over time, whereas inorganic mulch may not dissolve, and therefore never really make much of a difference in your soil’s nutrient content. Still, each of them has their place in lawn care. Organic mulch may be better for growth while inorganic mulch may be better to use on weeds.
Ground covers are also sometimes called “living mulch.” This is because it is actually planted into the soil rather than placed over top of the soil. This provides coverage to keep unwanted and unsightly weeds out of your garden while creating gorgeous curb appeal.