Aeration is a method used to strengthen a lawn. This process involves perforating the soil with small holes up to 9cm deep. Doing this will allow water, air and fertiliser to reach the grass roots. Aeration offers the added benefit of allowing roots to grow more deeply.
Aerating a lawn without the proper equipment can result in physical strain, as much effort is required. However, our specialists use machinery that not only aerates correctly, but avoids the possibility physical injury.
There are essentially two methods of aeration: solid tine and hollow tine.
Solid tine aeration
Solid tine aeration is generally used as a maintenance treatment to ensure that your lawn retains its health through the summer months when foot traffic tends to be heavier. Solid tine aeration uses sharp spikes to push holes into the ground. This creates channels for nutrients, air and water, as well as allowing the soil to breathe and loosen.
Solid tine aeration improves the drainage of soil and the effectiveness of fertilisation. It also improves the ability of the soil to break down thatch. For lawns where the soil is heavily compacted, hollow tine aeration is the most beneficial treatment.
Hollow tine aeration
Hollow tine aeration creates holes in a lawn by removing small plugs of soil. The physical removal of these plugs is what allows heavily compacted soil to relax. The hollow tines are pushed into the soil, which forces soil into them. Usually applied at the end of the growing season, hollow tine aeration can also assist a lawn through adverse wet weather conditions .
Hollow tine aeration improves soil drainage, increasing the rate at which soil breaks down thatch. It can also be applied at any time of the year as long as the soil isn’t too wet, frozen or hard due to drought.
If your lawn has failed to turn green after fertilising, has poor drainage or has several worn areas, aeration may need to be carried out.
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Lawn3 professionals can visit your home and provide a free, no-obligation lawn assessment. They will not only tell you what problems your lawn faces, but recommend a treatment programme as well. To book your free assessment, call us on 01332 523856 or visit our contact page to get in touch with us via email.
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Yes! Our fertilisers are slow-release and last for up to three months. This is twice as long as off-the-shelf products. We also apply the right products on your lawn at the right time of year, meaning zero waste. Not only does it cost less, but it requires far less effort than DIY.
Lawn 3 specialises in the treatment and restoration of your lawn. We offer several types of lawn treatment which are detailed below.
Mar\Apr – We apply spring fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
May\Jun – We apply early summer fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
Jul\Aug – We apply late summer fertiliser and weed treatment to your lawn
Sept\Oct – We apply liquid iron treatment to your lawn to control moss and protect it over the winter
Nov – We apply crane fly (daddy long legs) treatment to your lawn to prevent infestation in the spring
These treatments can be included with your year-round treatment, or ordered independently.
Scarification – We remove moss and/or thatch from your lawn, which improves oxygen, water & nutrient levels in the soil
Aeration – This treatment improves drainage, provides space for root growth in your lawn, and allows nutrients and oxygen to the root zone
Miraclemoss – Our own organic moss control treatment, safe for pets, wildlife and your border plants
Pest Control – Chafer Grub treatments to rid your lawn of dead spots
Mowless – A treatment that reduces the speed of your lawn’s growth, reducing the need to mow and resulting in a much healthier lawn
Garden centre products are diluted so that no professional qualifications are required to buy or apply them. But this also means that they can be less effective when applied to your lawn. As well, many of these products are a mixture of lawn food, moss killer, greener and weed killer, which also compromises their effectiveness.
As well, garden centre products are designed to give a flush of growth so that you see visible results sooner. Unfortunately, much of the solution is too strong to be absorbed by your lawn and simply washes away. All of the operators at Lawn 3 are NPTC qualified, able to purchase and apply professional-strength fertilisers and weed killers to your lawn.
All of the products Lawn 3 applies are slow release, which allows a carefully regulated release of nutrients into the soil for a lawn that not only looks healthy on the surface, but really is healthy all the way from root to top.
Our Happy Clients
"Stephen Monk Lawn 3 has been looking after our lawn for nearly three years , and we are very pleased with the personal service he provides and the results achieved to date. Previously over a period of some last seven years we had a similar service from two other lawn care providers. In each case we decided, after a reasonable period, that they were not providing the service we had expected. We found Lawn 3 by an internet search, and were impressed by the personal service referred to in the website testimonials Our lawn has suffered for many years with red thread. We are currently nearly free of this thanks to Stephen. He takes considerable pride in his work and makes you feel your lawn is important to him. He is extremely approachable whilst providing a professional caring service often giving simple self help tips to improve the lawn. Thanks Stephen"
"Dear Steve, Lawn3 reseeded our lawn in the spring and we are very pleased with the result. Rather than a lawn filled with dandelions and Mind Your Own business we now have a beautiful thick green lawn - too nice to walk on! Steve is always helpful, keeps to his appointment times and has gone out of his way to give us extra advice. For anyone wondering whether to go for laying turf or seeding a lawn I would definitely recommend the latter. Our garden is shaded by a large tree so Steve has seeded with a shade tolerant grass seed - we are delighted. Thanks Steve"