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Improve Your Turf with Core Aeration


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From golf courses to football fields and county parks, each turf requires a slightly different touch. Maintenance services can vary from deep-tinning greens to removing thatch from fields; however, there is one task that is crucial for keeping every form of turf in peak performance condition. Core aeration, also known as soil cultivation, coring, spiking, or slicing, is this key maintenance task.

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Improve Your Turf with Core Aeration

  1. 1. Improve Your Turf with Core Aeration -with-core-aeration/ Keith Kitchen From golf courses to f ootball f ields and county parks, each turf requires a slightly dif f erent touch. Maintenance services can vary f rom deep-tinning greens to removing thatch f rom f ields; however, there is one task that is crucial f or keeping every f orm of turf in peak perf ormance condition. Core aeration, also known as soil cultivation, coring, spiking, or slicing, is this key maintenance task. Aeration is a natural process where air is exchanged between the soil and surrounding atmosphere. Core aeration, the mechanical optimization of this process, allows sports turf managers to step back and relax while an aerator machine maximizes the natural gas exchange. Additionally, aerator services can reduce the amount of soil compaction, which can harm a turf ’s soil prof ile and harden the playing f ield. While compact soil is a crucial element of building construction, the reduction of air pockets in a playing f ield can lead to serious injuries in athletes. Ensuring athlete saf ety starts f rom the ground up, and the aerator services of Commonwealth Sports Turf Services are indispensable in this aspect of turf maintenance. Since the type of aeration of ten determines the ef f ectiveness of turf treatment, Commonwealth Sports Turf Services utilizes the John Deere Aercore, which pulls three to f our inch cores on two by two spacing. This aeration type generates core holes that are close and deep, allowing oxygen, water, and nutrients additional access to the root zone. Benef its of aerator services expand to include reduced water runof f , improved f ertilized uptake and use, and improved resiliency and cushioning. Keep in mind that aerator services should be scheduled depending on the extent of turf usage and the grass type. The majority of turf s greatly benef it f rom annual aeration; however, some heavily utilized sporting f ields may require two or more aerations per year. To plan an aerator service, pay attention to the grass type. For cool-season grasses such as perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass, spring and f all are the best times to aerate. For warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda grass and zoysia grass, the time recommendation is mid-spring to early summer. To prevent weed competition, do not aerate when warm season grasses are dormant. Following core aeration, Commonwealth Sports Turf Services recommends an additional service where a turf sweeper collects cores and redistributes them to areas in need of repair. While topsoil and seed are of ten the primary products used f or distressed areas, cores, which contain viable nutrients and roots, are a better option as they begin growing immediately with proper care.
  2. 2. Maintaining a sports turf does not have to be a dif f icult or lengthy process. Commonwealth Sports Turf Services invests in cutting edge equipment and highly trained individuals to provide all businesses with the best options in aerator services. We would love to show you how these products work, and how we can work with your turf . If you are interested in a demo, click the link at the bottom of the page. Image Credit: Rock Dennis tackles Taylor Wardlow by John McStravick Ear of Rye by Arthur Chapmen within Wikipedia Commons Owner at Commonwealth Sports Turf Services Growing up on a working f arm that f eeds your f amily gave Keith an appreciation f or the importance of planning f or growth. It was corn and peanuts then, now it sports turf . Af ter graduating f rom Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics and spending 5 years with Southern States, Keith partnered into a new business venture overseeing natural turf maintenance f or Luxury Lawns, a startup maintenance company. Continued growth over 20 years has placed Luxury Lawns, a company Keith now owns, in the top small businesses in the Midlothian area specializing in residential turf management, landscape design and installation, and hardscape applications. Af ter success in the residential turf market, Keith launched Commonwealth Sports Turf and now manages the day to day operations of the business. Latest posts by Keith Kitchen (see all) Improve Your Turf with Core Aeration - April 8, 2014 Winning the War on Weeds - March 28, 2014 Sports Turf Industry Outlook f or 2014 – Mid-Atlantic Region - March 17, 2014