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The Basics of Aeration

8/18/2017 5:00:00 AM


By: National Association of Landscape Professionals, loveyourlandscape.org

​​​​​In partnership with the National Association of Landscape Professionals​​, Ariens is providing its customers with a variety of lawncare tips. For more tips a​​nd tricks to achieving the perfect lawn, please visit www.loveyourlandscape.org​​.

Why does my lawn need aeration?  

Over time, your lawn can become compacted by the pounding of heavy rains and by simply walking on it. The compacted surface inhibits water, nutrients, and air from reaching the plant’s root system.

When is the best time to aerate?  

Aeration can be done anytime during the growing season. How many times your lawn needs aerating depends on its soil compaction. The two most popular times to aerate are in spring and fall. Spring aeration gives grass plants a little extra boost and provides faster greening; fall aeration helps strengthen underground root systems while providing an excellent bed for overseeding.

Your landscape professional can tell if your lawn needs aerating and suggest the most appropriate time to have it done.


 

How does an aerator work?  

There are several types of pull and walk-behind aerators on the market. The most common is a core-type unit that removes small plugs from the turf. Core aerators have a minimum penetration of 2 ½ inches and remove plugs anywhere from ¼ to ¾ inches in diameter. Spiking units push small tines into the turf without removing soil plugs. A third type, slicing aerators, literally slice through the soil creating openings.

What are some immediate and long-term benefits?  

Aeration immediately opens up the soil to air, water, and nutrients. The openings allow air penetration and better water movement, and give plant roots a place to stretch out and grow to become more vigorous and dense.

Over time, aerated lawns are less susceptible to disease and thatch buildup. In some cases, the process can even solve small thatch problems. In addition, aeration reduces water runoff and increases turf tolerance to heat and drought.

Aeration is a natural process that has no ill side effects. Even the small plugs left behind by core-type aerators are beneficial. In the process of breaking down, they deposit a light coating of top dressing that helps decompose thatch accumulated at the base of grass plants.​​

Ariens to Attend Snow and Ice Management Show in Montreal June 21-22

6/5/2017 5:00:00 AM


By: Jessica Bedore,

​Representatives from Ariens Company will be on hand at the Snow and Ice Management Show from June 21-22 in Montreal, Canada. 

The company will disply a a wide variety of snow removal products, including several brand-new releases that have not yet been announced to the public, at booth number 1017. In addition to the new products that will be at the show, Ariens will also display a Professional 36 Hydro Sno-Thro with EFI technology, and a 36-inch Ariens Power Brush. 


 

During the show, attendees can take advantage of fleet savings on snow products. Those who spend $5,000 USD or $6,750 CAD at the show will receive 20 percent off their order. 

To set up an appointment with an Ariens Company representative at the show, please click here and enter your information

Ariens' sister brand Gravely will also have a prescence at the show in the same booth, number 1017. Gravely will display a variety of lawn and garden products, including several snow clearing solutions from the brand's commercial line of equipment. 

For more information on the Snow and Ice Management Show, please visit www.sima.org 

A Seasonal Guide: Summer Lawn and Landscape Care

6/1/2017 5:00:00 AM

In partnership with the National Association of Landscape Professionals​, Ariens is providing its customers with a variety of lawncare tips. For more tips and tricks to achieving the perfect lawn, please visit www.loveyourlandscape.org​​.

Summer brings outdoor barbeques and backyard play for children of all ages.​ ​​As many people spend more time outdoors during the summer months than any other time, follow these tips for a healthy, entertainment-worthy yard.​

​Water, correctly. Many people think the summer months mean water frequently – but the way you water is more important than the fre​quency with which you water. G​rass and plants are resilient and have mechanisms that help them deal with summer heat. For instance, grass may go dormant and look brown during times of drought, but, if it is well cared for, it may return to normal when there is adequate moisture. Efficient tips for watering include:​

  • ​​Water your plants less often, but deeply.
  • Water in the early morning or evening hours so the sun and heat don't steal moisture from your plants. Ideally, grass should get at least one inch of water per week.
  • Use drip irrigation instead of sprinklers and hoses. Drip irrigation waters plants slowly so the water doesn't run off or evaporate.​

Ensure the health of your grass.​

  • Have your lawn aerated to improve oxygen flow and check the soil pH balance to ensure the healthiest grass.
  • It’s not too late to fertilize. It is important that your grass has adequate fertilizer, which provides the nutrients necessary for good health.
  • Remove weeds from grass as they steal nutrients.​​​​

Mow correctly. Many homeowners are tempted to mow their grass short to minimize the frequency of mowing; however, proper mowing techniques will help promote the good health of your lawn.

Give attention to the plants on your deck and patio. Many people add potted flowers and herbs to their outdoor living spaces in the summer months. If doing so, protect your investment and enjoy them fully by watering potted plants regularly, add mulch to pots to help retain moisture and place them in spots where they will get shade during the day.

​​​Consider a container drip irrigation system. There are some available that connect to a timer and your hose bib. This is particularly useful if you plan to go away for more than a day during the hot summer months.

Note: You can help your yard win the battle with drought by choosing the right plants to begin with. Plants that are native to your region will be best adapted to your weather conditions and will need less water. Even if you choose natives, be sure those natives are listed as drought tolerant since even some natives prefer wetter conditions. You can also choose drought-resistant or low-water plants and turf varieties. Ask your landscape professional for advice when selecting new plants.

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