Greenfinger – posted 07 March 2004 10:47
I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the best sand to use for lawn aeration? I t is for putting down holes in my grass.
Dchall_San_Antonio – posted 15 March 2004 09:46
Compost is best. If you use sand you will raise the level of your yard a little bit. If that is okay, then use a coarse sand. Compost will completely disappear leaving no increase in volume.
Good turf maintenance will ensure you never have to aerate again. Follow these three steps…
1. Water deeply and infrequently. Deeply means at least an hour in every zone, all at once. Infrequently means monthly during the cool months and no more than weekly during the hottest part of summer. If your grass looks dry before the month/week is up, water longer next time. Deep watering grows deep, drought resistant roots. Infrequent watering allows the top layer of soil to dry completely which kills off many shallow rooted weeds.
2. Mow at the highest setting on your mower. Most grasses are the most dense when mowed tall. Bermuda, centipede, and bent grasses are the most dense when mowed at the lowest setting on your mower. Dense grass shades out weeds and uses less water when tall. Dense grass feeds the deep roots you’re developing in 1 above.
3. Fertilize regularly. I fertilize 4 times per year using organic fertilizer. Which fertilizer you use is much less imporant than numbers 1 and 2 above.