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Would holes in the sides of plastic pots impove drainage and aeration?

No, don't bother, it absolutely is not necessary and not a good idea either. Just use the pots as they are - the fact that a little free water is sitting in the bottom of the empty pot in your image ...
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Dark and light core plugs after aeration

So, the color of soil comes from what is in it or what is NOT in it (as you indicated in your question), its drainage, as well as lawn or land physical Geo (hill slopes, flat, rocky mountainous, etc, ...
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Can I use cat litter in potting mix? Has anyone tried it?

Sepiolite is a clay that's non-toxic (it's used in animal feed) but unlike vermiculite and perlite actually hurts, rather than helps, drainage. According to this source, it can absorb its weight in ...
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Dark and light core plugs after aeration

Dark soil versus light soil means lots of different things. First would be moisture content. Second organic material content. Third possibly a layer of non indigenous soil that was installed ...
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Core aeration vs. liquid aeration

According to GoodNature website: What is Core Aeration? Grass roots need oxygen to function and in our heavy clay soils here in Ohio, getting enough oxygen to the roots can sometimes be ...
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Optimizing use of aerator sandals

Yep, been there, done that, never forgotten it - first I twisted my ankle, then I fell over two or three times, and once I'd got to grips with how to move with them on, calf and knee and hip pain for ...
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Can it be too late to aerate the lawn?

Fall is the best time to aerate. I wouldn't do it when temperatures at night are regularly at or below freezing but your temperatures look balmy, now. I am assuming you have cool season grasses ...
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Would holes in the sides of plastic pots impove drainage and aeration?

I'm going to go with "it depends.". If you are trying to grow cactus in England, perhaps holes would help. If you are growing a tropical plant in Arizona, probably not useful. I have used both terra ...
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building an aerated static composting system?

Your compost pile doesn't have the right carbon to nitrogen ratio to get hot if it is just leaves and needles. Just let that pile sit and cold compost for a good year or two. It will work. ...
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Proper sequence of Northeast lawn maintenance this spring

Truly not a bad program. BUT. It is a waste of time to core aerate until you've got a mature crop of grass. So cross that one off. The other thing that pops out is the excavation of the soil. The ...
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A material that holds little water suitable for potting mix for interior plants?

A cheap ingredient that is available at feed stores is chicken grit. What is available near you may vary but common sources are granite, calcium, flint or oyster shell. It is sold as tiny sharp edged ...
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A material that holds little water suitable for potting mix for interior plants?

It depends on what plants you have .For my orchids, which need good=fast drainage and air circulation , I use small gravel, porous rock ( lava stone ,very similar to tufa but cheaper ) , chunks of ...
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Before plating aerate or not?

I strongly recommend aerating before planting. The looser and less compact your soil is the better chance the seeds you sow will have to germinate. I would also recommend dethatching if there is any ...
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improve decomposition of wood chip pile

Whatever you do, don't mix it with your soil, or it'll leech the nitrogen out of the soil and cause issues. Put it on top of the soil; it'll decompose just fine on the top, without harming your soil. ...
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improve decomposition of wood chip pile

Mix it with any nitrogen source. Bird manure is awesome but grass or kitchen scraps will also work. E.g. see the tables here - at the bottom or here. Not only will the chips decompose faster but will ...
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Lawn repair - Heavy moss, damp.

Your lawn in the first photo showed poor drainage, intermittent maintenance. You need to improve the drainage. Your poor fence! It is soaked at the bottom, and of course rotting away. 2" below ...
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How much aeration does my compost tea need? How do I provide it?

Fish stuff will be the most economical method for any reasonable home scale, or you can go to pond fish stuff for unreasonable home scale. You can pump air into the bottom, using an airstone or bubble ...
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improve decomposition of wood chip pile

A little fertilizer will aid decomposition. In particular phosphorus. I use a water soluble starter; 9-45-15. I drill holes in large stumps and pour in some diluted fertilizer. I do it to all large ...
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A material that holds little water suitable for potting mix for interior plants?

Typical ingredients depend on the plant and soil needs. Little water holding requries good drainage. That's done with Sands or lava rocks, perlite.
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Before plating aerate or not?

Thank you @stormy for your help. These two photos are the most recent photos. I seeded two weeks ago. Thank you again
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Before plating aerate or not?

Your yard looks way better from previous photos! Dang, I have to ask this question; are you set on trying to grow grasses in this very shady area? If you are try to make sure you have shade grass ...
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Core aerate, top dress, and overseed in the fall

I would core aerate now and allow the plugs to disintegrate. September I would mow my lawn down short so the grass won't be shading the seed. Short as in 2". Top dress with 1/2" of topsoil, not ...
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Optimizing use of aerator sandals

Well, I kinda hate to ruin all your fun and lusting. Aerating with tines is actually not aerating. When tines are pushed into the lawn they actually push the soil particles closer together, ...
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Proper sequence of Northeast lawn maintenance this spring

Use Scott's weed and feed to begin with. In late March spread as much sand as possible. Sand tightens the grass up and suffocates the weeds.
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Can it be too late to aerate the lawn?

I have always done this in October.Don't know if it's right or wrong but I have always aerated ,reseeded,lime n fertilize this time of year. I am in the Charlotte area of NC.
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Would holes in the sides of plastic pots impove drainage and aeration?

A point which might be relevant in this context is that holes in the side might well, in humid circumstances, encourage root growth outside the pot. When mature these roots could make it very hard to ...
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