For a Healthy Lawn and Roots, Core Aeration is a Great Treatment for Your Lawn!
Benefits of Aeration
Want to know how core aeration can help your lawn? We can explain the process to you, as well as the many benefits you can expect to see. Aeration is beneficial because it:
- Loosens compacted soil – Annual or semiannual aeration is recommended on lawns with heavy clay soils. Aeration will help loosen compacted or clay soils so that air, water, and nutrients can better penetrate into the soil’s root zone.
- Controls thatch – Thatch is a layer of under-composed stems, roots, and other plant parts on the top of the soil. This layer inhibits water, air, and fertilizer from moving into the root zone. Thatch is usually found on older lawns, which usually have low soil pH. It is also commonly found where excessive clippings have been consistently left on the lawn. Regular aeration mixes the soil cores into the thatch, therefore helping the thatch to break down naturally. Aeration also speeds up the decomposition process.
- Reduces water runoff – By controlling thatch, loosening soil, and making thousands of small holes in your turf, water will be able to penetrate into the root zone much more easily, resulting in more efficient use of your irrigation.
Benefits of Aeration
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- Improved air exchange between soil and atmosphere
- Enhanced soil water uptake
- Reduced water runoff and puddling
- Stronger turf grass root system
- Stronger turf grass root system
- Reduced soil compaction
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improved resiliency and cushioning
- Enhanced thatch breakdown
Spring and summer are a great time to aerate lawns. The removed plugs make room for roots and organic to soak into the soil. Thus, loosening compacted soil and allowing the soil to have more water and nutrient retention. This yields healthier turf that will better withstand heat and water stress.
Benefits of Top Dressing
- Improving Soil Conditions
- Increasing Microbial
- Improved Lawn Color
- Enhancing Seed Germination
Weed Control in Beds
Weeds can also be a problem in ornamental shrub and flower beds. While our regular lawn care treatments are designed for areas with turf, we have a specific program to treat weeds in ornamental flower beds because they require specialized products.
The customer favorite is our 6 step program, but we also have up to an 8 step program available for higher maintenance properties. We apply a special plant-friendly granular pre-emergent named Snapshot in early spring and again in early fall. This helps prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtailgrass, spurge, nutsedge and bermudagrass to name a few. Then, during one or two of your summer treatments, we’ll apply a special grass killer named Fusilade, which can be sprayed over the top of your desirable plants without causing them harm, while killing bermudagrass and other grassy weeds which have grown into your beds. This is much more effective than trying to pull out the bermudagrass which grows in from the turf.
This program is also especially crucial for homeowners with nutsedge because the more it’s pulled, the worse it gets. Nutsedge is especially tricky because unlike crabgrass that can be effectively removed by pulling it out of the ground, nutsedge continues to sprout new growth from an underground network of bulbs each time it’s pulled making it grow back fuller and fuller.
Homeowners can also make a big difference in preventing weeds in their ornamental beds by keeping them filled with a thick layer of mulch. About a 4” layer will prevent many weed seeds from germinating, preserve the soil moisture, and keep your beds looking fresh.
While it’s impossible to eradicate all weeds, you’ll be glad you signed up for this program because it will help immensely with your curb appeal and give back some of your valuable time.
Late Fall Tree & Shrub Fertilization
Late fall is the best time to fertilize most trees and shrubs in the central Texas landscape. At Dr.Tex Lawn & Pest, we inject a liquid blend of vital soil nutrients, along with an organic soil amendment, into the soil around the dripline of trees and shrubs. With this, the nutrients are efficiently absorbed and utilized by the plants into the following spring. This helps with the health and growth of your landscape ornamentals and trees so that they will better withstand the stress of weather, insects, and disease.
Your trees and shrubs are an important part of your overall lawn and landscape, so caring for them is a great investment. We recommend this annual service to be done every late fall/early winter for the overall health of your trees and shrubs.
Why Choose Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest?
Though you may be tempted to reach for off-the-shelf insecticides or other products, we encourage you to rely on professional help. Do not risk a major insect control job on your own. Though your intentions may be good, you could be purchasing a product that could be putting your lawn, your family, or your pets in serious danger. By working with Dr. Tex, we can utilize effective products that not only get rid of your insect problem, but do not harm people, pets, or the environment! Most importantly, we offer competitive prices that can suit any budget and comprehensive lawn control services to suit any need.
- We are licensed Top Choice applicators.
- We use revolutionary products to eliminate pests and insects safely.
- We utilize eco-friendly methods that out perform conventional methods.
- We perform free, on-site lawn evaluations to determine the extent of the infestation.
- We know what, when, and how to apply the proper products to effectively control your insect problems.