Soil Aeration if often over looked but has an important part to play in paddock and pasture maintenance.
Soil Aeration if often overlooked but has an essential part to play in paddock and pasture maintenance.
Livestock, machinery and heavy rain during the winter months tend to compact the ground. Inadequate drainage, reduced runoff creates an environment that is more favourable to weeds, moss and disease, which produces less grass and unhealthy soil.
Soil Aeration reduces soil compaction and ensures better drainage. Aerated soil allows oxygen in and grassroots to grow deeper into the earth, which helps the plant to survive better during dry spells and become more productive. Soil Aeration helps to reduce thatch which is made up of old grass roots and stems that accumulate faster than they break down. A build-up of thatch can create an environment that encourages weeds and disease.
Penetrating and slitting the soil will create extra plant root mass. Plant roots can use locked up minerals and nutrients that are generally not accessible. Soil aeration will Increase productivity and will reduce fertiliser application rates. Fertilisers spread after aeration will work more efficiently as the minerals can get straight to the roots and taken up into the plant.
Other benefits include plant development inside the aeration slits where new seed and roots can develop away from the birds and elements. Worm population increases resulting in a faster break down of dead organic matter and dung. Paddock and grassland will last longer if regularly aerated and will recover faster after grazing or mowing. A reduction of poaching of grassed areas by horses and ponies.
Our aeration machines can be fitted with extra weight to penetrate and slit the most oppressive ground. Grass tyne harrows fitted to the back of or machines give additional benefits. Two jobs are carried out in one pass saving time, money and ground compaction.
We recommend paddock and pasture aeration is carried out in the early spring and autumn.