Turf management for commercial properties is vital because humid conditions can drain the life out of lawns. Thick thatch and compressed soil suppress lawn roots and prevent air, water, and nutrients from penetrating the land. Even with adequate water and proper fertilization, tightly-packed soil is problematic. The blazing sun also doesn’t help. For that reason, turf management such as aeration and over-seeding play a crucial role in the health of your commercial landscape. Here’s what you need to know.
Turf Management: Aeration
Aeration opens up a lawn, relieving compacted soil. It removes 1/2-inch diameter plugs of thatch and soil. It also reduces water runoff and increases water penetration in turfgrass. Aeration can happen at any time of year, so long as your landscape isn’t dormant. However, the best time to aerate a lawn in spring, early summer, or fall.
Over-seeding the lawn patches up any rough spots revitalizes worn landscapes and typically happens after aeration because the lawn is open. Therefore, the seeds have more than enough room to grow. In short, over-seeding allows you to have a thick, lush lawn.
The Importance of Turf Management
Turf issues stem from poor maintenance. In addition, overgrowth throughout warmer months also causes problems. Intense growth restricts the top four inches of soil, blocking air, water, and nutrients from turf roots. When this happens, the turf becomes susceptible to and defenseless against weeds.
Also, compacted soil harms earthworms and microorganisms that break down decaying plants. Decomposed earthworms and microorganisms improve soil, but thatch forms when air cannot reach them. If thatch grows to half an inch thick, it can destroy a lawn. Another point is that compacted turf will make it seem like issues with pests, diseases, improper irrigation, and lack of fertilizer. However, in many cases, compaction is the culprit.
Should I Take Care of This Myself?
Commercial properties can have a massive amount of land. Therefore, it can be laborious to tend to what could be acres of land. In addition, you want your turf to look as neat as possible. It’s best to count on Atlantic Maintenance Group to take care of these services. It matters that your potential customers have a positive first impression of your establishment.
All of Your Landscaping and Asphalt Needs from Atlantic Maintenance Group
Atlantic Maintenance Group is a full-service landscaping company providing maintenance, design, and construction, as well as snow removal and asphalt and concrete services. We are your source for complete landscape and facility maintenance for commercial and residential properties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We are a self-performing landscaping company, meaning we don’t hire subcontractors, and senior management is involved with every project. Our highly trained team of professionals receives constant, ongoing education on the latest industry trends, updates, and safety measures. This ensures we can deliver outstanding customer service and results to our clients, regardless of the size of your job.