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Benefits of Fertilizing
1.Fertilizing Reduces the Chances of Weed Growth
A beautiful, healthy lawn can be an incredible asset to your home. Not only does a good-looking lawn improve your curb appeal, it makes being outdoors more satisfying.
If you go into any home improvement or garden center, you'll undoubtedly find a section of products specifically designed to kill weeds in your lawn. The truth is, though: Thick, healthy grass is naturally resistant to weed growth. Obviously, weeds are very resilient and hardy organisms; they have a much harder time taking root, however, when your lawn is thick and healthy.
Persistent weed issues may require specific weed-killing measures, but using a fertilizer to make the grass in your yard as healthy and thick as possible will go a long way in reducing weed activity without using additional products or taking additional measures.
2.Fertilization Protects your Investment in New Turf
There are a number of reasons to install new turf and plenty of different varieties of grass to choose from. There is one constant in this equation that every homeowner who's ever taken on this project can attest to: New turf isn't cheap.
A beautiful new turf installation will lose its luster pretty quickly if it isn't installed and cared for properly, and part of proper installation and maintenance is using fertilizer. Before it is installed, a starter application of fertilizer should be put down to help the new sod thrive in its new environment. After the sod takes root (give it about a month), a normal fertilization schedule can then be employed. Doing this will help to ensure your investment is protected, and that your new lawn will continue to look great well after its installation.
3.Fertilization = Less Mess
Soggy puddles and muddy patches after a very heavy shower are not necessarily the end of the world, but they can be an issue if they occur regularly after a moderate or even light rain. Fertilizer strengthens the roots of your grass, and one of the many benefits of strong grass roots is that they are able to absorb water more quickly; this, in turn, reduces the chances of muddy spots forming (and can even eliminate muddy patches that have already formed).
4.Fertilizer and the Environment
Some folks who are extremely dedicated to mowing and watering their lawns may have reservations about using fertilizers because they have heard that such products can leech into ground water. However, the dense, extensive root system of a lawn does an excellent job of preventing fertilizer from flowing into areas it shouldn't. As the Professional Landcare Network puts it: "Current research indicates that the potential is quite low for fertilizers and pesticides applied to turf to leach downward to ground water or to run off into storm drains or other non-target areas." Studies conducted by Cornell University, Penn State, Ohio State, and the University of Rhode Island back up this statement, concluding that residential lawn fertilization and pest control "…is not a major concern." It is important to remember, however, that many products--including fertilizer--can have adverse effects if they are not used properly. Read the directions on packaging thoroughly and discuss the products you buy with someone in the know; this will ensure that your happy, healthy lawn is as eco-friendly as it is nice to look at.
Benefits of Aerating
If you are among those who do not have a lush green lawn despite trying everything in the book, aeration may be the right solution for you. Aeration refers to “the natural process where air is exchanged between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere.” This is facilitated by removing small plugs of thatch from the lawn which will help the better movement of air, water and other nutrients. Aeration is essential in lawns that have had the natural soil disturbed.
Lawns that experience a lot of wear and tear are also suitable candidates for aeration. Home lawns tend to fall victims to thatch accumulation and only aeration can help keep this at bay. State agricultural manuals provide detailed guidelines on the how, when and what of lawn aeration basics in those regions. They contain descriptions on the equipment used in the process as well as tips that can make the task simpler.
The benefits of lawn aeration are many and it is recommended that the process be repeated once a year. Some lawns situated in regions with a lot of clay can use more than one annual aeration. Aeration can help improve the health of the lawn and significantly decrease the need for maintenance.
Oxygen is essential for the grass to grow and survive even in extreme conditions.
1.Helps Lawn Breathe
Aerating helps your lawn gain access to increased oxygen as well as organic fertilizers and other nutrients. Oxygen is essential for the grass to grow and survive even in extreme conditions. When an aerated lawn is watered, it is easier for the water to reach the roots. All these help the roots to thrive and thus ensure better health of the lawn as the turf grows thick and softens the soil.
2.Reduces Water Wastage
A lawn that has been aerated will require only half the amount of water than one which has not been aerated. Aeration also helps prevent the excess water from running off and forming puddles.
3.Clearing Thatch Build-Up
Core aeration is useful in clearing dense thatch facilitating for the proper movement of air and water. Thatch is the stuff that is found just below the soil and the grass. The thatch breakdown process which occurs naturally can last for a couple of weeks. A thick thatch is a breeding ground for disease and unwanted insects. Compacted soil, heavy clay soil, and sub soils disturbed during building activity are good candidates for thatch build-up.
4.Reduced Soil Compaction
Soil compaction occurs when pressure causes the soil to cake together without any pores, thus diminishing its ability to eliminate water and hold air. Though it is useful in many processes, it is not beneficial to the growth and maintenance of a healthy lawn. Sprinklers and rains are the main culprits that lead to compaction or the soil layer turning dense. Aeration helps to reduce soil compaction and facilitates the reach of water to the roots.
Aeration assures an improved well-being of the lawn. During the process unwanted weeds are removed. The occurrence of brown spots has also been found to have significantly decreased in lawns that are aerated regularly. Also, remember to always aerate before any kind of herbicide is sprayed on the lawn. Aeration after spraying the herbicide or pesticide can create a chemical barrier reducing the effect of the process.The difference is almost immediately noticeable in the lawn. The ideal seasons for aeration are spring, late summer, or fall. A single aeration may not seem to throw up all the benefits at once. But repeated aeration treatments are likely to bring about a major difference in your lawn. Irrespective of the method and equipment used, the benefits of aerating cannot be underplayed.