Lawn Aeration

What is lawn aeration?

Lawn aeration is the process of making ventilation holes in your lawn which can dramatically improve its health and hence appearance. Done properly it has three main actions

Why would I want to aerate my lawn?

You may want to consider aerating your lawn if you want a lawn that is

Is more drought resistance

Has thick, weed free grass

Needs less watering

Generally lush and healthy

If the lawn is walked on or generally used a lot then the underlying soil can become compacted.

Do I need to aerate my lawn?

A better question is under what circumstances is lawn aeration a bad or unnecessary idea? Your lawn will not need aerating if it is

So when should I aerate my lawn?

Although expert opinion is that Autumn is the best time it can be done any time of the year. A more important consideration is whether the lawn/ground is too dry or wet. If its too wet any holes you make in the ground can re-seal. If it is too dry then making the holes becomes very hard work and may damage the tools you use! Ideally you are looking for a moist surface and so if the lawn is too dry/hard then give it a good watering a day or so before to soften it up.

How often should I do it?

Depends on the type of soil and how much use the lawn gets. Lightly used lawns may only need it done every couple of years whilst once a year is a good target for a heavy use lawn.

Equipment: Lawn Aerators

You are trying to lessen the compaction of the soil. This can be done by either

To do this you can either use a manual or powered tool

Manual aerators

Powered aerators

Note: I found that some places may do better deals if you require to hire both an aerator and scarifier.

How do you aerate your lawn?

Any aftercare required?

To prevent the holes from refilling you can apply a top dressing of a light sand/soil mixture. This will improve the overall drainage of the lawn. If this is combined with a slow release feed then it will ensure good penetration of the feed into the root system giving a good chance of a healthy lawn.

Other questions?

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