Soil Aeration if often over looked but has an important part to play in paddock and pasture maintenance.
Over a period of time livestock, horses, machinery and heavy rain during the winter tend to compact the ground. This leads to bad drainage, poor run off and creates an environment that is 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 grass roots to grow deeper into the soil 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 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 and depth plants are able to make use of locked up nutrients in the soil encouraging growth and productivity. In some cases this may reduce the need for fertiliser.
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.
Our aeration machines can be fitted with extra weight to penetrate and slit the heaviest ground. The machine width is 1,75 meters which means we are able to get through small paddock gateways.
Paddock and grassland will last longer if regularly aerated and will recover faster after grazing or mowing. Poaching of grassed areas will be reduced by livestock and Horses. We recommend that soil aeration is carried out in the spring and early autumn and harrowed afterwards with a spring tine grass harrow.