Charles Zsebik

Charles Zsebik

About Charles Zsebik

For over 17 years, Charles Zsebik, owner of American Athletic Field Services, has provided Fairfield’s athletic teams and sports fields with personalized lawn care services ranging including aeration, sodding, fertilization, and laser grading. As with any niche service, many Americans are unaware of the necessity of lawn and field care and the steps and services needed to properly maintain sports fields and public lawns. As a longtime sports enthusiast, Charles Zsebik is thankful to have created a thriving business that blends both his love for local sports and entrepreneurship. In the upcoming weeks, Charles Zsebik hopes this site will be a resource for lawn care and help inform American families and local sports teams on the proper maintenance of lawns and sports fields. As an introduction to basic sports field maintenance, Charles Zsebik will provide key information on some of the most common law care services and how these services help to improve lawn quality. 


Aeration is the process of allowing air to circulate through the soil where it can reach deep-seated roots and help to improve lawn growth. This process is done using an aeration tool, solid-tine, and hollow-time aerators, which are designed to puncture the surface of the lawn. 

Solid-Tine Aeration

Solid Tine aeration is one of the simplistic and most popular ways of refreshing a lawn or field by combatting lawn compaction. A solid-tine aerator punches holes in the surface of the grass using solid mental spikes, which can dig holes up to six inches deep. None of the lawn’s soil is removed, and the holes will fill up naturally over the next few days. This type of aeration is popular for golf courses, soccer fields, and lawns that do not have severe compaction. Solid-tine aeration is most often used after the completion of a sport’s season or dry spell. 

Hollow-Tine Aerator

Hollow-tine aeration is a more complex form of aeration which uses specially designed metal tubes to allow oxygen to penetrate deep into the soil. These three-inch holes do not run as deep as solid-tine punctures but offer homeowners and sports teams more long-lasting results. This form of lawn care is most often used for heavily compacted areas that receive frequent wear from athletic activities or heavy equipment. The holes leftover from hollow-tine aeration can stay open for weeks after the procedure, meaning roots can stretch and grow stronger, leading to fuller, more healthy lawns. 

There are many benefits to aerating your lawn through either solid-tine or hollow-tine treatments. It is important to note that the majority of benefits apply to core aeration, not just dethatching, although dethatching benefits will be covered in upcoming blogs. • Soil absorbs more water• Water runoff decreases significantly• Stronger root development• Reduces soil compaction• Thatch breaks down easier• Oxygen uptake of soil increases• A lawn is more resistant to heat and drought stress• Fertilizer and nutrients in the soil are more easily used by grass

Sodding and Overseeding

Traditionally, lawns are created using one of two ways, overseeding or installing sod. While overseeding and sodding are the most popular forms of lawn installation, they each have their own unique pros and cons. Overseeding is most commonly used by those looking to replenish their thinning lawns. Several studies have shown that overseeding is an excellent way to introduce new turf grass into a lawn that has already reached maturity. Those considering overseeding should consider using cool-season grasses as they have proven to be the most effective when planted in the spring months. Some of the best “cool season” grasses include Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, tall fescue, and ryegrass. 

For properties or public areas that do not already have existing lawns, sodding may be the best way to create a full, green lawn. Sod is a type of lawn installation where grass has already been grown and harvested for the sole purpose of being transported to another location. Due to the fact that sod has already reached its full maturity, it requires little to no maintenance from a third party. Although sod can be used to fill in empty patches of a lawn, the costs associated with sod may turn a person to look at cheaper seeding options. 

Laser Grading

Laser grading is a service of lawn care that helps to grade an infield to the desired slope. This process is completed using laser technology, which is set up on a fixed point and sends a laser Ben to a receiver mounted to a pole on a box blade. When the box blade is dragged across the field, the receiver will direct the hydraulics to move the box blade up or down to ensure a consistent and accurate slope. Some of the many benefits of laser grading include minimizing standing water, creating positive surface drainage, reducing sports injuries from bad hops and holes in the field, and maintaining sports equipment by preventing wear and tear. 

In upcoming blogs, Chuck Zsebik will discuss additional American Athletic Field Services as well as home lawn care, which services are best applied to different sports fields, and topics relating to starting a small business. To stay up to date on the latest news from American Athletics Field Services, return to this site for frequent updates.