Friday, September 24, 2004

Any landscapers out there???

A quick query: the other day, the groundskeepers of the apartment complex where we live drove a tractor over every inch of lawn here, pulling behind it something that looked like the business end of a steamroller -- only it was covered with what looked like cleats, thus leaving the ground dotted with all these little holes about two inches deep. What is the purpose of doing this? I'm sure it has something to do with the coming winter, but beyond that, I'm clueless. Does anyone know what's going on here?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is done to aerate the soil.
Definition:Aerating is the process of punching holes (usually 3-4 Inches deep) into your lawn to allow water, oxygen, fertilizers, and other nutrients to penetrate the soil and better reach the roots of your grass. Aerating is usually done by pushing hollow cylinders into the ground and forcing out plugs of soil to the lawn surface. Spikes are also used to aerating, but are not usually as effective. Because spikes do not remove "plugs" from the ground, they do not create holes in the soil for expansion and in some cases, weed prevention. Aerating can also help in breaking up the buildup of Thatch in your lawn.