May 2013 Blog

What is Aeration?

      What is Aeration?
Aeration is simply the removal of hundreds of small soil plugs from a lawn, to

help break up soil compaction and improve root growth.

Turf grass in compacted soil (left) grows slowly, lacks vigor and becomes thin or does

not grow at all.  Core aeration (center) removes small cores of soil,depositing them on

the surface of the turf. This improves the depth and extent of turf grass rooting (right)

 How does aeration benefit the lawn?
Core aeration will reduce soil compaction and enhance thatch breakdown, thus improving

soil water uptake and decreasing water runoff and ponding. Core aeration allows air,

water, and fertilizer to better reach the root zone. This stimulates root growth to create

healthier, stronger turf grass plants.

How is aeration done?
Our specially designed aeration equipment consists of a series of hollow coring tines

mounted on wheels.  When these hollow tines are rolled over your lawn, they puncture

the soil, systematically removing small soil plugs.  

How often is aeration needed?
We recommend that your lawn be aerated at least once per season.  Some lawns may need to be aerated more than once a season, depending on lawn conditions.   

When is the best time for aeration?  
Spring or fall is the best time for aeration.  March, April and May in the spring and September, October and November in the fall are the best months to plan for aeration.  Warm days and cool nights along with natural moisture provide ideal conditions for aeration.  Mid - summer months tend to be too hot for aeration.  Aeration in the summer can cause stress to the turf by depleting moisture.  

When is the best time to over seed?
The best time to over seed is in the early fall, after aeration, while the days are still warm and nights are cool.  Good seed to soil contact is important.  Seed that is watered into aeration holes will have a much higher germination rate than seed that is spread over a lawn which has not been aerated.  Over seeding with a blended bluegrass in the fall will make the lawn more disease resistant, more drought resistant, and more insect tolerant.  

For more information on our aeration or over seeding services, or any of the other services we provide for you home or business,

What on earth is a Pondless Waterfall?

What on earth is a Pondless Waterfall?

Everybody loves water features. The relaxing trickle of
water in your own backyard has the ability to calm and
soothe you after a long, tiring day. Perhaps you've
thought about adding your own water feature, but aren't
sure if it's a good idea.

Here are some common reservations we often hear when it
comes to water features:

• "Small children just aren't safe around water features"
• "I don't have the amount of time it takes to take care of
a water feature"
• "Water will attract Mosquitoes!"

All of these problems are easily solved with the
installation of a Pondless Waterfall.

What is a pondless waterfall?

A pondless waterfall is a waterfall that spills into an
underground reservoir. The reservoir is covered with a
layer of gravel, so the water appears to be sinking into
the gravel.

What are the benefits of a pondless waterfall?

• No standing water = no liabilities. Children can safely
play around a pondless waterfall.

• LOW LOW LOW Maintenance! No chemicals are needed, no PH
testing, no fish. You can set your pondless waterfall to
run when you want it to. There is no need for it to run

• No Standing water = No Mosquitoes! Enjoy your water
feature without rolling out the welcome mat for those pesky
and potentially dangerous insects.

Pondless Waterfalls are a great solution to all of the
problems usually associated with a regular water feature.
Add a pondless waterfall to your yard and create the
relaxing haven you're always dreamed of.

Landscaping When people hear the words

"desert landscaping" they immediately imagine cacti, driftwood, tumbleweeds, and a bunch of concrete. This is called zero-scaping, and though it is certainly an option that requires no maintenance, it is also a bit of a downer because there's no personality to it. Just because you live in a dry climate and want to conserve water doesn't mean your yard can't be full of life. You want to embrace your natural setting while still retaining some color and foliage along the way.

Therefore, xeriscaping has become a very popular choice among homeowners. It literally translates from Greek as "dry scene" (xero-scape), and it helps to conserve water and energy by allowing a yard to match its natural landscape and climate. Why live in the desert and try to make your lawn look like a forest? Instead, embrace and showcase the setting.