Over time a normal lawn will compact itself. A compact ground not only tends to cause thatch build up but also greatly reduces the amount of air and nutrients that enter the ground. With less nutrients to feed on and a harder ground to break into, grass roots can’t grow and often the grass itself turns into an ugly brownish-yellow color ultimately provoking thinning of grass. (Fig. A)
Water & Oxygen, the nutrients for your lawn
Compaction is not only provoked from walking and mowing on your lawn, but also by rain and irrigation. Compaction occurs primarily in the 1″ to 1-1/2″ of the soil surface. Aeration can prevent or solve compaction and thatch build up. By using an aerator such as the BEFCO Green-Rite the straight knives of the machine create slits in the soil, allowing a better passage of air, water and nutrients while leaving minimum damage on the ground surface. (Fig. B)
Visible results from aeration
The slits created by the aerator blades will become invisible to the eye within 10 to 12 days but the ground will have regained the needed nutrients allowing for the grass roots to grow stronger and deeper. (Fig. C)
When to aerate
Experts agree that aeration should be done one, possibly two, times per year. The spring and fall seasons are probably the best times to aerate your lawn.
If your turf is still in fairly good shape, you may choose to overseed it. Overseeding is the process with which you thicken the existing turf with new seeds. Overseeding is particularly effective after aeration of dethatching because the cleaned or aerated soil is now ready to accept the growth of the new seeds.
The BEFCO Green-Rite; the one pass aerator / overseeder!
The BEFCO Green-Rite was specifically designed to make aeration and overseeding easy, fast and most of all, effective. When the Green-Rite is equipped with the aerator rotor, the user can aerate and overseed the lawn in one pass. If your lawn requires more than one overseeding, the BEFCO Green-Rite may be equipped with a tiller rotor.This will allow the user not only to prepare the soil (as he would do with a normal tiller) but also to seed it in a single pass.