Landscape Techniques - Lawn Aeration

Written by Henry Thompson


Landscape Techniques - Lawn Aeration Article by Henry Thompson Copyright 2003 by ProGardenBiz ProGardenBiz, an online magazine http://www.progardenbiz.com

Aerate, inrepparttar context of landscape and grounds maintenance, means "to supplyrepparttar 117276 soil with air". It is a contractor technique to aid in maintaining and improving lawns. Aeration improvesrepparttar 117277 lawn appearance, usability, and it's ability to absorb water from irrigation. Aeration is important forrepparttar 117278 garden as well asrepparttar 117279 lawn, butrepparttar 117280 techniques for garden aeration are different than for lawns, andrepparttar 117281 subject for another column.

An aerator isrepparttar 117282 equipment that performsrepparttar 117283 work and it's a machine every gardener and landscape maintenance contractor should own. If you perform lawn maintenance or renovate lawns you need an aerator. Aeration is a standard component of any grounds maintenance program. For seasonal work you can rentrepparttar 117284 equipment. If you have a larger customer base you should consider adding an aerator to your contractor equipment. Landscape companies will generally find it more profitable to ownrepparttar 117285 equipment instead of renting.

First let's discussrepparttar 117286 need for aeration andrepparttar 117287 benefits of a regular aeration program in landscape maintenance.

Grass roots need air as well as water and fertilizer. The grass can actually poison itself as a result ofrepparttar 117288 various chemical processes that occur inrepparttar 117289 individual grass plants ifrepparttar 117290 grass roots do not have enough air. Soil that lacks sufficient air can result in; slow growth inrepparttar 117291 affected grass, excess irrigation runoff due to poor permeability, shallow root systems, and a lawn that's highly susceptible to insects, disease, and heat damage.

Soil compaction isrepparttar 117292 most common example of soil deficient in air. The growth habits of grass in compacted soil are shallow root development, a substantial decrease inrepparttar 117293 number of grass plants per square foot, and an inability to properly use applied fertilizers.

Soil compaction in lawns is caused primarily by pedestrian traffic, whether it is children playing in a playground or people taking shortcuts across a lawn. Stoppingrepparttar 117294 use ofrepparttar 117295 affected lawns is generally impractical. A better solution would be frequent aeration and, depending uponrepparttar 117296 composition ofrepparttar 117297 soil,repparttar 117298 application of lawn and garden amendments such as peat, sand, or gypsum.

The benefits of aeration are an increase in the:

- growth rate ofrepparttar 117299 grass thus an improvement in its ability to withstand and recover from pedestrian use - ability of water and fertilizer to penetrate torepparttar 117300 grass roots soil's absorption rate from irrigation - root growth activity contributing torepparttar 117301 strength and health ofrepparttar 117302 grass - ability of bacteria present inrepparttar 117303 soil to break down and decomposerepparttar 117304 thatch layer thus increasingrepparttar 117305 soils ability to hold sufficient amounts of moisture between waterings - grass's ability to withstand low water situations and heat stress

Aeration is a technique best applied in late summer or early fall for cool season grasses and inrepparttar 117306 spring for warm season grasses. This can also be a good time to overseed and topdress/ amendrepparttar 117307 aerated lawn. One drawback to aeration is that it increasesrepparttar 117308 probability of weed infestation thus it can become important to include pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control measures. In addition to being beneficial torepparttar 117309 lawn, these services are an add-on profit center forrepparttar 117310 landscape maintenance contractor. Aeration services are also often offered by garden centers and nursery businesses.

New Style Network Marketing - Why Professionals are Rushing to Join!

Written by Kim Beardsmore


There is absolutely no doubt. Network marketing or MLM is now attracting a new type of person. The wave of new style network marketing is having an unprecedented appeal to professional business people.

Inrepparttar past, MLM has been dismissed by business leaders as an inferior sales distribution channel. Today, Fortune 500 corporations flock to do business through network marketing channels with industry sales approaching $25 billion inrepparttar 117275 US and $100 billion worldwide.

The industry, once tainted byrepparttar 117276 image ofrepparttar 117277 hard hitting, face to face salesperson, compelling you with exaggerated promises - is growing up.

Some MLM groups have evolved into sophisticated business systems put together withrepparttar 117278 skills of savvy corporate leaders who have become disillusioned withrepparttar 117279 traditional forms of earning a living.

Here are a few aspects ofrepparttar 117280 'new style' approach to network marketing that is attracting successful business professionals to leave their six figure incomes.

Attractive business model. Network marketing no longer has to rely on a face to face approach to your potential customer. Withrepparttar 117281 explosion ofrepparttar 117282 internet,repparttar 117283 business can now be accomplished through effective internet marketing techniques. The internet provides access to potentially millions of people and you do not have to deal with a totally cold prospect. A situation most people actively avoid!

It's now possible to reach a highly targeted audience aroundrepparttar 117284 world! Better still, it's possible to attract highly targeted traffic to your website who initiate contact with you! Many people see this as a comfortable environment in which to do business becauserepparttar 117285 prospect of rejection is significantly reduced.

Enhanced training and communication. New technologies such as voicemail, email, internet, cable TV, videoconferencing and teleconferencing have enabled leaders to provide exceptional training, product knowledge and coaching to a geographically dispersed group. It also has provided a vehicle for business leaders to use their leadership skills to develop and motivate their distributor networks. Communication is now relatively inexpensive and almost instantaneous, speeding up response times to market demands.

This has launchedrepparttar 117286 industry forward dramatically because it is now possible to effectively manage a vast network of thousands of distributors acrossrepparttar 117287 globe from your home. This is a leverage previously only dreamed of.

A trend towards corporate disillusionment. Managers in their forties and fifties who have given their best efforts during their thirties to their careers, are now looking for alternatives. Having spent a lifetime building someone else's business, they are ready to build their own and reap their own rewards. Network marketing opportunities provide an inexpensive entry to establish your own business. When worked consistently between 5-10 yearsrepparttar 117288 return on a modest investment can be exceptional.

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