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 the 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 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 of the equipment used in the process as well as tips that can make the task simpler.
Holganix is a 100% organic, plant probiotic that balances the soil’s ecosystem, building strong roots and growing healthier, more resilient plants. By harnessing the benefits of naturally occurring soil microorganisms contained within the product, Holganix allows you to nourish plants while drastically reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides required to obtain a lush, green, weed-free lawn.
Taking Organics to the Next Level
Traditionally, organic turf and plant products have consisted largely of compost tea and composting efforts. While these are commendable approaches to an organic solution they can be expensive, complicated and largely deliver inconsistent and slow results.
With Holganix, that all changes. Holganix’s patented process allows for consistency. It begins as a concentrated, plant based compost tea that is composed of naturally selected ingredients. In addition to the compost tea, Holganix layers in numerous beneficial ingredients designed to foster strong, healthy plants.
When utilizing a 100% organic program or when using Holganix alone, users still must practice patience when looking for results.
This is one reason why we advocated for a hybrid approach, combining organics with small amounts of synthetic inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides.
A Hybrid Approach
Part of our philosophy at Holganix is combining the benefits of an organic program while increasing the efficiency of a synthetic program. Instead of blanketing turf and plants with traditional fertilizers and pesticides, Holganix allows you to drastically reduce the amount of inputs, exchanging buckets of synthetics for teaspoons.
That means you are not only providing excellent service for your customers, but are also offering a program that is better for the environment.
Benefits of Core Aeration
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.
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.
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 subsoils disturbed during building activity are good candidates for thatch build-up.
Top Dressing Lawn
Good soil is living soil. That may sound like a cliche, but it’s true. One tablespoon of soil can contain billions of microorganisms. These microscopic organisms are one of the reasons we have plants and trees. In nature, soil microbes enrich the soil by converting fallen leaves, limbs and other debris into nutrients plants can use. Since many home lawns have poor quality soil, top dressing becomes even more important. Top dressing is simply a way of adding organic material and restoring the balance to home lawns, building better soil and increasing soil flora.
Benefits When Topdressing Lawns
Topdressing adds organic matter to soils. Top dressing can build up the soil flora. Top dressing combined with core aeration can place organic material deeper into the soil. Organic top dressing can change soil structure.
Compost top dressing with the right biological components can help reduce lawn diseases. Adding compost helps reduce traffic stress. Compost incorporated into heavy soils helps relieve compaction problems. Compost incorporated into sandy soils helps with water retention. Top dressing with the right materials can help reduce the need for fertilizer. Top dressing can help reduce thatch. The Cation Exchange Capacity of compost is approximately ten times higher than most loam soils.
A Note about Soil pH
Be sure to correct any soil pH problems before or after top dressing lawns. Here’s why.
Bacteria are by far the most abundant form of soil microbes in your soil. Low soil pH, at 5 or lower, will begin to favor fungi over bacteria, including pathogenic fungi. Since beneficial bacteria feed upon many pathogenic fungi and help to keep their numbers in check, it is important you favor bacteria.
Since compost is neutral or slightly alkaline, if your soil pH is slightly low, the compost alone may help to bring it up to where it needs to be.
Choosing the Right Materials
Professionals topdress for different reasons using different materials. Golf green, for example, is most often topdressed with sand. However, topdressing lawns are better performed using compost. The goal is to build better soil structure and a better environment for macro and microorganisms. Choosing the right compost material is important since most composts are not equal in nutrient levels.
To lower the cost of the topdressing, some have mixed the compost with topsoil or sand. If you decide to do this, it is very important to match the soil you plan to use the soil you have in your lawn. Not all soils are compatible.
Tree & Shrub Support Service
Trees and shrubs thrive in a natural forest environment, where leaves and organic debris are free to decompose, creating an abundance of active microbiology in the soil.
The Holganix system helps to recreate this natural, forest soil environment for your trees and shrubs by building up the microbiological life in and around your landscaping, which in turn helps promote root development and nutrient uptake. In addition, Holganix helps create healthier trees and shrubs that are able to withstand disease and insect damage.
When utilizing Holganix, you will be able to supplement your traditional synthetic inputs. It’s a hybrid solution to nurturing beautiful trees and shrubs.