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root compaction

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mikey, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. mikey

    mikey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    i do a friends lawn and was mowing the other day and saw that he had all these small roots coming thru his laws so i was thinking about aerating his lawn is this the right option?
  2. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

  3. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    Aeration is not a cure for surface roots - but will help the turf to compete with the trees by strengthening the grass.

    Identify the tree. Is it a pin oak, a silver or red maple, etc.? Some trees will naturally have shallow roots systems, those that prefer wet lands. Often times shallow lawn waterings will enhance the root problem on the surface. If it's bad, the best thing to do is create a bed and plant ground cover or mulch it.

    Trees or grass - choose which one you want. Or realize the quality of both will suffer - so therefore, lower your expecatations for what's possible if you must have both.

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