An explanation of aeration.

What is aeration? I am often asked to explain what is meant by the term “aeration”. In simple terms it means taking any action to relieve compaction caused by feet, machinery, and weather conditions. If the soil becomes compacted, the essentials for healthy plant growth, air and nutrients, can be exluded from the rootzone leading to a weak and disease prone turf surface. There are...

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What to do on your lawn in Winter. PART TWO.

3 – Leatherjackets and chafer grubs These grubs can cause enormous damage to turf as they feed on the roots and young shoots of the grass plants. This alone can decimate managed turf, but even worse damage is caused by birds, and even badgers and foxes, tearing up the turf to feed on the grubs. Leatherjackets are the grub of the cranefly (daddy long legs), of which there are many types that...

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Why a lawn needs attention in Winter, Part one.

  1 – Compaction Compaction is the hardening of the ground in and around the surface, which inhibits water, air, and nutrients entering the soil profile. Compaction is caused by pressure on the surface, whether by feet, mowers, or weather, rain in particular. Compaction is probably the number one enemy of managed turf as it restricts the ability of the grass plants to breath and take in...

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HOW CAN MOSS BE REMOVED FROM TURF.

WHAT IS MOSS There are thousands of different mosses, so for the purpose of this article I will talk purely of the main types which inhabit, and cause problems, in turf. First we have to understand the difference between mosses and grasses. Mosses are flowerless plants that are generally only one cell thick, and do not contain the vascular water transport system that most other plants contain....

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Lawn Fertilizers, the best for Spring and Summer.

Importance of Spring Fertilising Spring is the most important time of year in the maintenance schedule for any type of grass. What is applied, and just as importantly, when it is applied, will dictate the quality of the grass sward for the rest of the year. Fast Start Depending on where in Northern Europe you live, the Spring can arrive anywhere from early March, right through to the middle of...

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Seaweed, and Why it Should be an Essential Part of Fine Turf Maintenance.

The wonder of Seaweed Seaweed is normally classed just as a soil conditioner or fertiliser in the gardening world. Its benefits are so extensive, though, that it should also be given top billing as part of any maintenance programme for the growing of plants as it contains over sixty minerals and trace elements along with numerous bio stimulants. Seaweed can be used as a fertiliser or soil...

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