INTEGRITY SAFER LAWNS AND HOMES - General information - Trinity, FL
A Healthy Lawn 
Good lawn care prevents most pest and weed problems from occurring, so that treatments are not required. EPA recommends that you create a healthy lawn with these steps.
  • Build healthy soil.
  • Choose grass varieties that do well in your area.
  • Mow high and mow often.
  • Water deeply and not too often.
  • Remove thatch as necessary.
  • Be realistic about your lawn.
What is lawn aeration?
•Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Aeration holes are typically 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart.
•What will aeration do for my lawn?
•Core aeration can benefit your lawn by:
•Increasing the activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch.
•Increasing water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil.
•Improving rooting.
•Enhancing infiltration of rainfall or irrigation.
•Helping prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off from overly compacted areas.
When should I aerate?
•In Florida, the best time to aerate cool season lawns of St Augustine is in mid December to mid February. This is when these lawns are coming out of summer dormancy and beginning a period of vigorous growth. Lawns will recover quickly from aeration at this time. Competition from weeds is also minimal during this time.
How do I aerate?
•The soil should be moist but not wet.
•Lawns should be thoroughly watered two days prior to aerating, so tines can penetrate deeper into the soil and soil cores easily fall out of the tines.
•If aerating after prolonged rainfall it is important to wait until the soil has dried somewhat so soil cores do not stick in the hollow tines.
•Thorough watering means 1 inch of water from irrigation or rainfall. An inch of water can be measured by marking the side of a pet food can placed in the lawn.
What else do I need to know?
•Aeration helps to control thatch.
•Be sure to mark sprinkler heads, shallow lines from sprinkler, underground utilities, cable, and septic lines before aerating so they will not be damaged.
•We will not be responsible for any damaged caused from unmarked lines or sprinkler heads.
•Soil cores are best left on the lawn surface; they typically work back into the grass in 2-4 weeks.
•Lawns may be fertilized and seeded immediately following aeration with or without further soil top dressing.
•Lawns  should be aerated once a year, especially under heavy use conditions.
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