Preventing thatch damage is something every sports turf manager worries about. Field managers know that thatch can ruin a field, but some may not fully understand the role that turfgrass aeration plays in maintaining healthy fields.
What is turf aeration?
Turfgrass aeration is known by many names, including:
- Soil cultivation
Aeration occurs naturally as the soil and surrounding atmosphere exchange air – and more importantly, oxygen – promoting healthy growth. Turf aeration, is a manual process that enhances that natural exchange, by pulling small plugs of thatch and soil from your turfgrass to allow more efficient air transfer.
In addition to enabling better airflow, removing these plugs improves soil moisture and fertilizer absorption. The process reduces surface ponding after irrigation and heavy rainfall. The result is stronger roots, less soil compaction and an enhanced resistance to heat and drought. Plus, school superintendents report improved cushioning and turf resiliency with regular aeration.
Every time the marching band performs at half time, the team runs through practice drills or the school athletes battle it out with rival players, and even when maintenance mows the turf, compaction occurs. A successful aeration program to reduce compaction involves using the proper equipment, plugging at optimum depth and creating a schedule that promotes healthy growth for turfgrass on the field.
Maintaining a Perfect Field is Easier with Modern Turf Experts to Guide You
Modern Turf professionals never recommend an aeration schedule without first examining your fields and your unique needs. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about keeping your field in perfect condition. Just drop by one of our retail locations in Columbia or Irmo, SC, or contact us today.