Donations & Aerations
Help Us Weed Out Hunger
Like many of our fellow Idahoans, the Weed Man Boise, ID team is excited to escape the summer heat and welcome in another beautiful fall. This year we have even more to be excited about...not only is Weed Man committed to keeping weeds at bay in your lawn, but we are also going to WEED OUT HUNGER!
This fall - September through Thanksgiving - we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items on behalf of the Meridian Food Bank. To help us 'weed out hunger,' please leave any items you wish to donate at your door on the day of your next Weed Man service and we will take them to the Meridian Food Bank for you. If you would like to donate, but are not a current customer or just can’t wait to help, please drop off donations at our office located at: 2269 E Commercial St., Meridian, ID.
Thank you to all who have donated thus far and those who continue to do so. With your help, we can continue to make Idaho a great place to live and work and WEED OUT HUNGER! In addition to it being a great time to donate, fall is also the perfect time to consider getting a fall aeration.
Aerating Your Boise, Idaho Lawn
Core aeration uses a specialized machine with hollow coring tines to pull up plugs of soil a couple of inches long, leaving small holes throughout the lawn. You may be asking yourself, 'why would I want to make a bunch of holes in my lawn and have dirt plugs littered all over my yard?' But, we've got your answers!
An aeration benefits your lawn greatly, which is why Weed Man Boise, ID recommends aerating at least once per year. The first, and perhaps most important benefit, is relieving compaction. Lawns may become compact due to improper soil preparation when they are first installed or simply through normal foot traffic during the year. A compact lawn is hard and not porous, which makes it difficult to retain water. Aerating loosens the soil and allows water to penetrate deeper, resulting in a stronger, healthier root structure, and less wasted water through runoff.
Secondly, aeration reduces the thatch layer of lawns, which leads to less area for large populations of disease-causing insects and other organisms to thrive and potentially harm your turf. Some of you may be thinking that all of this sounds a lot like dethatching, which is essentially power raking the lawn to physically remove the thatch layer, and in part, you’re right. Dethatching is extremely stressful to lawns and unless done very carefully, can actually do more harm than good. For these reasons, aeration is recommended rather than dethatching.
Lastly, we have the question of what to do with the dirt plugs left on the lawn after an aeration is performed. For many, the first inclination is to rake up these plugs because of the perceived mess, but this is a common mistake. Rather than use your time and energy to rake up all the dirt plugs, we ask you to do this...wait and do nothing. Okay, not exactly nothing, but rather than rake them up, simply allow the plugs to dry out for a few days and mow over them using the mulch setting. The reasoning behind this is simple; the plugs left after aeration contain a ton of beneficial nutrients and microorganisms. If you rake them up, you are depriving your lawn. After mowing one or two times over the plugs, the majority will break down and return to the soil.
Please help us and help yourself (and your lawn) this fall. Donate non-perishable food items to Weed Man and consider ordering a fall aeration at the same time! To get on our schedule, please give us a call at (208) 888-9911!