Turf Care


Fertilization is the key to having healthy plants and soils on your property. With fertilization comes adjusting soil pH and ensuring that adequate organic matter is present. Turfworks professional team offers the most intensive soil management program in the area. Prior to applying fertilizer, we take soil samples from your property and analyze them to ensure that the proper chemicals are used. We will deliver the quality service that you expect, at a level that exceeds the industry standards.

Core Aeration

Aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the turf care industry, and it is a critical step in keeping your turf thriving at optimal efficiency.

Benefits of Core Aeration

  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
  • Enhanced soil water uptake
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling
  • Stronger turfgrass roots
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown


Thatch is the layer of living and dead stems, roots, stolons, and rhizomes between the green blades of grass and the soil surface. A thick layer of thatch (less than ½ inch thick) can be beneficial to the lawn because it helps to limit weed germination, reduce water evaporation, and protect from frost damage. However, thick thatch layers can prevent water, air, and nutrients from penetrating the soil, causing reduced root growth and increased potential for drought stress. Thatch also favors fungal growth and can harbor insect pests.

Preventing Thatch (according to University of Missouri Extension)

  • Fertilize moderately and regularly to maintain vigor without excessive growth
  • Cut grass regularly at recommended height
  • Irrigate every seven days (or as needed) during dry periods to encourage deep rooting
  • Core aerify to improve penetration of water and fertilizer
  • Remove thatch as needed


Healthy, well maintained lawns are attractive landscape additions. Lawns in poor condition, however, are somewhat unsightly. The poor condition of a lawn may be due to poor management, heat, drought, diseases, insects or other factors. Over-seeding is the practice of sowing seeds into existing turf to fill in bare spots. September is the best time for over-seeding bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass lawns.

Robb Bartlett
Owner of Turfworks, LLC

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