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Aerating A Lawn


posted on September 4th, 2015 by

 

Aerating is the act of perforating the soil with small holes to reduce compacted soil. This will aeratorimprove air circulation as well as water and fertilizer intake that leads to a healthier lawn.

What causes the soil to become compacted? Usually a lawn that has heavy traffic on it, such as dogs and/or children playing, a riding lawn mower, etc. the ground can become very compacted. A thatch build up can also cause the soil to compact. If there is a thatch build up you need to remove it before aerating the lawn. Also the lawns of new homes or lawns that have been sodded can have compacted soil.

Your lawn needs to be moist when aerating. The day following a nice rain provides excellent soil conditions for aerating your lawn. Fall or spring is the best time to aerate since your soil is soft and moist then.

Aerating is done with either a spike aerator or a plug aerator. The spike aerator pokes small holes in your soil, helping to break up the compacted soil. The plug aerator is more effective since it makes the holes about ½ to ¾ of an inch wide and goes deeper into the ground extracting a core of soil. This will break the compacted soil more than a hole made by the spike.

If the plugs do not breakdown by themselves after a couple of rain showers, you can break the plugs down using the back of a rake or even running your lawn mower over your grass.

After aerating, continue to use and care for your lawn as normal.