Questions tagged [aeration]

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improve decomposition of wood chip pile

I recently cut down and chipped a row of lilly pills and now have 4 cubic meters of wood chip. Intention is to let it decompose over a couple of years and use it to compost my garden. I originally ...
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How to avoid hitting sprinkler lines when aerating lawn or cutting sod?

Besides pre-marking and avoiding sprinkler heads: Can an aerator dig deep enough to strike the underground sprinkler lines? Can a sod cutter cut under grass deep enough to strike the underground ...
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Can I use cat litter in potting mix? Has anyone tried it?

I've read in some bonsai forums that it's possible to use cat litter in alternative to the traditional bonsai soil, which is really expensive. I want to try it in the potting mix I'm making for my ...
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A material that holds little water suitable for potting mix for interior plants?

I'm working on a potting mix for interior plants. And I want it to hold very little water and it should have great aeration and drainage. I'm looking for a material (organic/inorganic) that is cheap ...
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Before plating aerate or not?

It has been a couple months I have been working on my yard. Thank you all of your time and advice! My back yard was in bad condition. First I killed wild weeds cleaned and hired someone to trim my ...
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Lawn repair - Heavy moss, damp.

Location: UK I have recently purchased a house (Last November) with a large lawn to the rear. I am very new to gardening but have realised I'm going to have to learn quick if I want to make the most ...
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Dark and light core plugs after aeration

I got my lawn core aerated the other day. Some parts of the lawn have core plugs that are a nice rich dark color (at least I think this is nice/good). Other sections of my lawn have core plugs that ...
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Core aerate, top dress, and overseed in the fall

I'm trying to figure out the correct way to overseed this fall in MA. I want to do a few things in the process: core aerate, top dress, fertilize, lime, and overseed. I normally mow my lawn at 3.5" ...
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Core aeration vs. liquid aeration

I was planning to rent a core aerator this fall to aerate my 10,000 sq ft lawn in Massachusetts but I stumbled upon a liquid aerator/dethatcher. Does the liquid version actually work or is it sub par ...
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Optimizing use of aerator sandals

I lust over one of these: This is the kind of aerator that is towed behind a lawn tractor, with some cinder blocks or other weights on the ledge to help the tines dig in. So far, I have not been ...
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building an aerated static composting system?

I've been doing a little research into hot composting. From what i understand you need a carbon to Nitrogen ratio of 30:1 and you need to rotate the pile when the center gets to around 150 degrees. ...
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Proper sequence of Northeast lawn maintenance this spring

I live in eastern Massachusetts and have a big project coming up for my lawn. I am planning to get part of it excavated to fix an issue. Once fixed it will be back-filled with soil and I'll move onto ...
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Can it be too late to aerate the lawn?

So, it's mid october, the plug-pulling lawn Aerator that I ordered in early august got here today. In the past two weeks, as is pretty normal in my neck of the woods, the weather has looked like this, ...
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Would holes in the sides of plastic pots impove drainage and aeration?

Since the pots are plastic, they are not breathable. I made enough holes at the bottom to let the excess water seep out. Some time ago, I made some, 1/4 of an inch, holes. But when I watered it ...
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Aerating with a garden fork: is it making the problem worse?

I would like to aerate my lawn but do not poses a lawn aerator. Would spiking the lawn with a garden fork be sufficient in aerating the soil or is it simply going to further compact the soil around ...
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Aerate, de-thatch & overseed. Is this really the correct order?

I operate an equipment rental delivery service in the Portland, Oregon area. It's that time of year again when DIY homeowners are renting these items together. Aerator (core aerator) De-thatcher (...
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed, my lawn? Can I do it myself?

I live in North Carolina, USA and I never did aeration before. The size of the lawn is 0.37 acre. Recently I got a letter from a lawn-care company offering the following services about aeration: ...
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What immediate steps should I take after my lawn is aerated?

My lawn which is a combination of clover, moss, crabgrass, dandelions and occasionally some grass is going to be aerated in two weeks. I want to know the immediate steps to take after the cores are ...
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Does aerating water to raise the pH in nutrient solutions work well?

As anyone who has ever had to tend to a pool painfully discovered, aerating water causes the oxygen to react with something and raise the pH. From what I have read it converts contents of the water ...
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