Core Aeration For A Healty Lawn

Core aeration relieves soil compaction by removing plugs of soil from the area in question. This process should be performed when the soil is moist but not muddy. I recommend that this service be performed in the fall of each year. In some instances it’s necessary to aerate a lawn in several different directions so that the holes come within 3″ of each other. The plugs of soil can be left on the surface of the lawn after this process is performed.

Core aeration can also be combined with othe processes like fertilization and overseeding. What I will often do in October of each year is to aerate my customer’s lawns and then apply a slow release granular fertilizer to them directly afterward. What this does is the core aeration allows the fertilizer to move directly into the root zone where it’s able to do the most good. Once the fertilizer falls into the holes in the ground that were left by the aerator it’s absorbed by the lawn’s root system very quickly. This results in greater root development as well as greater shoot growth and overall turf density. If the lawn is thin in some areas you might also want to consider spreading some grass seed at this time. The seed should be broadcast over the thin areas in the lawn and then topdressed with a thin layer of organic material like peat moss. Much of the seed will fall into the holes created by the aeration process and that’s good as long as the area is kept moist for the next 14-21 days. During that period you should start to see the new seedlings germinating.

Types of Healty Pasta – The Healthiest Type of Pasta Noodles

Pasta has become a family tradition for many generations now. Whether it’s a simple weekend family dinner to special occasions among family and friends, its presence can never be ignored. Lots of pasta recipes have been invented, introduced and tested, making them versatile enough to use. Though basically made from flour and water, healthy pasta is the main concern here. It’s the kind of flour that is used that makes the big difference. There are healthy pasta that can be incorporated in our diet if we want to go healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle without giving up on it. They contain lots of fiber and are delectable too.

Types of healthy pasta:

Whole wheat pasta – made from whole wheat flour, high in fiber with different texture and flavor than the conventional white pasta. Contains more fiber and proteins than semolina (white pasta). The bleaching process on white pasta takes away most of the nutrients and vitamins and since whole wheat pasta doesn’t undergo this process, nutrients and vitamins are retained. A real healthy option that is readily available in the supermarkets. They come in different shapes and sizes. The most common of which is the whole wheat spaghetti. Products from Japan like the Udon noodles and Ramen noodles, are all made from wheat. They are heavier so they can make one easily full for longer time.

Buckwheat Pasta – this comes from a fruit called achene and looks like a sunflower seed. The white, starchy endosperm is what is turned into buckwheat flour. The green or tan coating of the seed makes it dark in color. They are very good for soups, as in Soba noodles and very popular in Japan and Korea and northern part of Italy. They are great for creamy pasta, very tasty, high in fiber and rich in protein. People with coeliac disease can be safe with buckwheat pasta because it is gluten-free.

Spelt Pasta – a distant relative o wheat it contains carbohydrates, fiber, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and has nutty flavor. Unlike buckwheat pasta, it contains gluten so it is not recommended for people with coeliac disease. It is readily available in health food stores and specialty shops but can be home-made too with the use of spelt flour. A very healthy alternative to white pasta.

Brown Rice Pasta – may have an unusual texture but tastes so much like rice. This is free of cholesterol, gluten and wheat. It is rich in fiber, high in protein, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidant. It also can go very well with some vegetables like beans and tomatoes and it is very filling and tastes real good.

There are still several grains that can be turned into a healthy pasta just like quinoa, couscous, and other vegetables like moringa, spinach, squash, carrot, soy beans and zucchini that can be mixed with them to have the healthiest pasta product, the vegetable noodles. It’s just a matter of experimenting and being creative so one can satisfy his health requirements to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of his life.

Marichu Coning