What Is Aeration?
Aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration.
What Are The Benefits of Aeration?
- Enhance soil water uptake
- Reduced water run off and pooling
- Improved air exchange between the soil and the atmosphere
I had the works done, which included aeration. Why can't I see any plugs on the ground?
During our services we do the deep core aeration and power raking at the beginning of the service, followed by hand raking and mowing. Depending on the moisture content of the soil, we pick up most of the plugs throughout the process. Our goal is to leave your lawn manicured. Aeration plugs serve no purpose being left on the ground in spring time as they will be picked up next time you mow you lawn.
What Is Power Raking?
Power Raking is the process of removing layers of dead grass roots and debris matted between the soil and growing grass.
Why does it look like the crew members were running behind the aerator and power rake?
The power rake skims the surface of the turf which pulls the operator at a pace that appears fast. Moving slow or stationary for any time may result in damaged turf. The deep core aerator operates on a drum, which rotates and digs into the turf, again, forcing the operator to move at a fast pace to keep up with the machine.
Do you spray your equipment for fairy ring?
No we do not. It is our policy that crew members inspect the property both front and back prior to service. If a fairy ring is apparent, the service will not be provided. We value our customers property and do not wish to spread turf diseases to other customers. Commercial sprays, bleach solutions etc. are ineffective in our opinion. The only way to prevent contamination is prevention.
What do the numbers of the fertilizer mean?
The first number is Nitrogen. Nitrogen promotes green leafy growth, providing the necessary ingredient to produce lush green grass. The higher the first number is, the higher the Nitrogen concentration.
The second number is Phosphorus. Phosphorus promotes underground growth and healthy root systems
The third number is Potassium. Potassium assists in cellular strength resulting in greater ability to combat various stresses, disease, heat, cold and pests.
TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LAWN THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
- DO: Maintain a sharp lawn mower blade. Dull blades fray grass. Frayed grass is more likely to brown.
- DO: Use proper mowing techniques. Mow when temperatures are cool, (morning and evening) afternoon heat can burn your lawn.
- DO: Maintain a grass blade height of no less than 3 to 3.5 inches
- DO: Mow frequently. For appearance, ease of task , and to ensure only the top 1/3 of the blade is being trimmed.
- DO: Mulching. Allowing mulched grass to settle into the lawn will help retain moisture, keeping the lawn cooler and hydrated.
- DO: Watering. DON'T BE CHEAP!! Water in the evening. Deep infrequent soakings every 3 or 4 days yields best results.
- DO: Fertilize in mid summer as well as in the fall.
- DO: Fall deep core aeration. This assists with oxygenation, moisture retention, as well as plugs left on the ground release nutrients back into the turf.
Do You Book By Appointment?
Our services are very much weather dependent, so we do not take appointments. We reserve your services and will contact you via email or telephone the night before we have a crew in your area.
Please be patient, when you are on our list - we will get to you at our earliest opportunity.
you have a referral plan? My neighbour or family member would like service too!
Yes! Contact Alberta Lawn Enforcement and a discount can be discussed. Just give us a call.
Is Alberta Lawn Enforcement insured?
Yes! Alberta Lawn Enforcement carries contractor insurance and WCB coverage.
What payment types do you accept?
Cash, Cheque and Email money transfer.
I have a sprinkler system, can my lawn still get aerated?
Yes. Please make sure all sprinkler heads are clearly marked
Is your fertilizer pet friendly?
Yes. We have a pet friendly option at an additional cost. Please mention it when booking.
I have an acreage property, are the prices the same?
No. Alberta Lawn Enforcement will visit your property and provide you with a quote.
What if I am not home when I am scheduled for service?
No problem! Alberta Lawn Enforcement will perform services requested and follow up with payment at a later date. Just make sure that your sprinkler heads are properly marked, and all gates are unlocked.
How often will my lawn be cut for monthly maintenance?
Lawn will be mowed one time per week, weather permitting.
We commence work when ground conditions and weather permits us to provide quality service without doing damage to your turf.
I require snow removal services. How much?
Every property and customers needs are unique; an estimate will be done and a quote provided for services.
I require some of your other services (tree/ stump removal, skid steer, parking lot sweeping) How much?
An onsite estimate will be done and a quote will be provided for services requested.
Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your requirements.