(Figure A) Over time
a normal lawn will compact itself. A compact ground not only tends to cause
thatch build up but also greatly reduces the amount of air and nutrients
that enter the ground. With less nutrients to feed on and a harder ground
to break into, grass roots can't grow and often the grass itself turns into
an ugly brownish-yellow color ultimately provoking thinning of the grass
(Figure B) Compaction
is not only provoked from walking and mowing on your lawn, but also by rain
and irrigation. Compaction occurs primarily in the 1" to 1-1/2" of the soil
Aeration can prevent or solve compaction and thatch build up. By using an
aerator such as the
Green-Rite the straight knives of the machine create slits in the soil,
allowing a better passage of air, water and nutrients while leaving minimum
damage on the ground surface.
(Figure C) The slits
created by the aerator blades will become invisible to the eye within 10-12
days but the ground will have regained the needed nutrients allowing for
the grass roots to grow stronger and deeper.
Experts agree that aeration should be done one, possibly two, times per year.
The spring and fall seasons are probably the best times to aerate your
If your turf is still in fairly good shape, you may choose to overseed it.
Overseeding is the process with which you thicken the existing turf with
new seeds. Overseeding is particularly effective after aeration or dethatching
because the cleaned or aerated soil is now ready to accept the growth of
the new seeds.
Green-Rite; the one pass aerator/overseeder!
Green-Rite was specifically designed to make aeration and overseeding
easy, fast and most of all, effective. When the Green-rite is equipped with
the aerator rotor, the user can aerate and overseed the lawn in one pass.
If your lawn requires more than an overseeding, the Befco Green-rite may
be equipped with a tiller rotor. This will allow the user not only to prepare
the soil (as he would do with a normal tiller) but also to seed it in a single