The Importance of Core Aeration

healthy grassWhat Is Core Aeration?

Core Aeration is a type of lawn aeration whereby a machine (a lawn aerator) with hollow tines mechanically removes plugs or “cores” of soil and thatch from a lawn.

 

What Does Core Aeration do?

This process reduces soil compaction, creating a channel through which oxygen, water, and nutrients can penetrate into the soil.

 

Why Your Lawn Needs Core Aeration.

  • Compacted Georgia clay soils impede the movement of air, water
    and nutrients to the grassroots.
  • Roots require oxygen to grow and to absorb nutrients and water.
  • When compacted, soil contributes to the accumulation of thatch
    because restricted oxygen levels impair the activity of earthworms
    and other thatch-decomposing organisms.
  • Thatch accumulates faster on compacted soils and heavy clay soils
    than on well-verified soils.
  • When thatch depth exceeds 1/2” it becomes a problem, reducing
    water movement and encouraging shallow, weak root systems.
    Thick thatch also can become a home for insects and disease.
  • Many people complain about moss growing in their lawns. Lawns
    that drain poorly due to soil compaction are displaying a “Moss
    Welcome” sign.

 

How Core Aeration Works

Core aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of
the lawn. Known as a core aerator, the machine extracts 1/2 to 3/4
inch diameter cores of soil and deposits them on your lawn. Aeration
holes are typically 1-3 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart.

 

The Best Time to Core Aerate

The best time to aerate your warm-season lawn (Bermuda, Zoysia,
Centipede, St. Augustine) is spring and early summer, while the best time to aerate your Tall Fescue lawn is in the fall, in conjunction with fall reseeding.
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Red Rose Month

red rose

The rose. It is one of the most widely regarded and utilized flowers to ever exist. It is a symbol of love and a truly beautiful plant to look at. Here, at Simply Green Lawn Care in Lilburn, Ga, we love to see a rose bed in one of customer’s yards. Planting and caring for roses isn’t as easy as putting them in the ground, however. There is much care involved in cultivating a beautiful rose, so here are some tips to help you get started! Happy gardening!

Tips From Farmers Almanac:

  • Roses prefer a near-neutral pH range of 5.5–7.0. A pH of 6.5 is just about right for most home gardens (slightly acidic to neutral).
  • Before you plant, be sure that you choose varieties proven in your climate. When in doubt, All-America Rose Selections winners are good bets. Or check with your local nursery.
  • Plant roses where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
  • Diligently water your roses. Soak the entire root zone at least twice a week in dry summer weather.
  • Use mulch. To help conserve water, reduce stress, and encourage healthy growth, apply a 2- to 4-inch layer of chopped and shredded leaves, grass clippings, or shredded bark around the base of your roses.
  • Feed roses on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you’re harvesting for the kitchen).
  • Prune roses every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material.

 

 

Get Outdoors in the City in a Forest

Atlanta Botanical GardensIt is no secret that Simply Green Lawn Care loves the great outdoors! We can’t get enough of it! From making your lawn and turf something appealing to look at, to just a casual walk through the woods. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and we want to encourage all of our readers to do just that. With the reputation of being a “city in a forest” there is really no better city to get outside! Here are some upcoming events and suggestions on how you can enjoy the outdoors of Atlanta, both ITP and OTP.

Get Outdoors This June

  • Are you a baseball fan? Catch a game at Turner Field! Grab a hotdog and a soda, sit back and enjoy a game.
  • Are turkey legs more your type of food? The Renaissance Festival is this weekend, June 6th and 7th!
  • If you want to experience nature at its most beautiful, look no further than the Atlanta Botanical Garden! For an seemingly endless array of domestic and exotic plants, these gardens are some of the best!
  • Walk the BeltLine. Or ride a bike on it… or roller skate. Whatever your preferred method of getting around, the BeltLine is a great way to breath some fresh air and get to many spots all around the city.
  • There are parks galore in Atlanta! From Piedmont Park to relax and have a picnic, or catch a laser show at Stone Mountain Park. You can basically throw a rock in any direction and hit a park somewhere in the city.

These are just a few suggestions of things you can do to get outside and get some vitamin D this June, but whatever best suites you, just get outdoors!

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How to Salvage a Lawn After Severe Flooding

Flood

With the devastating floods wreaking havoc in Texas over the past week, we are seeing the destructive nature an influx of water can have. Unfortunately, we are not always able to accurately predict when severe flooding might take place, and if we see it coming, we sometimes mis-asses how bad it will be. Floods destroy most things in its path, from homes to cars. If you find yourself a victim of this natural disaster, it can be an extremely emotional time.

Many homeowners spend a lot of time and effort to turn their lawns into something beautiful they can look at and enjoy. Making a beautiful lawn and landscape isn’t something that can be tackled in a weekend though. It takes time, and seeing all of that work washed away can be difficult. Here, at Simply Green Lawn Care, we don’t specialize in restoring homes or cars, but we can help restore your turf back to its original glory.

Tips for restoring your turf after a flood

  1. After the flooding subsides, give the water time to fully absorb into the ground. This might take 2 or 3 weeks.
  2. During this time, and for a time after, minimize the amount of foot traffic on your lawn. The turf is in a very vulnerable state right now, and susceptible to damage.
  3. Remove debris. This will allow the turf to breath and absorb more sunlight, and will also give you the opportunity to move forward with whatever might be needed.
  4. Feed you lawn. If the flood was bad enough, it will have washed away much of the nutrients your lawn needs to flourish. You will need to replenish those nutrients, and if you are unsure how to go about doing that, a professional lawn care company can help.
  5. Once your turf begins to recover, keep feeding it with fertilizer to rebuild those strong roots!

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May Lawn Care Tips

mowing grass

The end of May is quickly approaching and the weather has been beautiful for the past couple of weeks! Spring is in full swing, and we are approaching the hot, summer months. To have the lushest turf possible in the summer months, it is crucial to prepare your lawn now. Simply Green Lawn Care in Lilburn, Ga, has a few turf tips to follow this spring for greener lawn later!

Bermuda, Zoysia Lawn Program

  • Late Spring: Controlled release fertilization to bring your lawn out of dormancy. Spot weed control.
  • Summer: Controlled release fertilization to continue to keep your lawn Green. Spot weed control.

Fescue Lawn Program

  • Late Spring: Light feeding with controlled release products to help prepare your Fescue for summer. Spot treat any existing weeds if needed.
  • Summer: Bio-Stimulant with a micro-package to help your Fescue turf survive the hot summer. Spot treat any existing weeds if needed.

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