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There’s more to lawn care than just cutting, watering, and fertilizing your grass. Even if you do these things correctly, your lawn will still build up compacted soil and lawn thatch (the un-decomposed stems and roots that tend to accumulate near the top of the soil). One of the best ways to address these issues is by aerating your lawn. If you’ve come here because your grass isn’t growing as fully as it could be, you’re in the right place. Whether this is your first time aerating or if you want to brush up on the proper technique, read on to learn how, when, and why to aerate your lawn.
What is aerating?
To grow healthily, the roots of your grass need to reach deep into the soil. When too much thatch builds up or your soil becomes too compacted, grass has a hard time taking root. Furthermore it becomes difficult to plant new seed or to get nutrients down to the roots of your grass. One do-it-yourself solution to this problem is aeration. Motorized aeration machines plug clumps of compacted soil and pull them out of your yard, allowing water, seed, and fertilizer to enter the soil to grow new, healthy grass.
When should you aerate your lawn?
The best time for aeration is during or just before peak grass-growing season in the spring. Warm weather and a lot of rain and sunshine all will help your newly aerated lawn grow quickly.
Steps of aeration
Here are the steps you should take for aerating your lawn:
- The day before aeration rake your yard and clean up anything that might be in your grass (pet toys, garden hoses, etc.)
- Water your yard heavily to make the soil moist. If you own an aerator, you can wait until the day after heavy rainfall. If you’re renting one, just make sure the soil is wet enough to soften and plug
- Use the aerator on your entire lawn, avoiding things like irrigation systems. Then make a second pass with the aerator
- You can leave the excavated plugs on your lawn to dry up and decompose
- Once aerated, spread compost or peat moss over the yard to prevent further soil compaction
There are many myths about lawn aeration. Some people argue that you don’t need to plug the soil, but rather just spiking the lawn will suffice. Unfortunately, spiking the lawn won’t do much to break down thatch and might even further compact your soil (think walking on your lawn with baseball cleats on).
Another myth involving aeration is that leaving grass clippings on your lawn will cause thatch to build up quickly. This is also false. Grass clippings are mostly water and will decompose, adding nitrogen to your soil. This could save you money on having to buy fertilizer often.
Another tip that will help you maximize the benefit of aeration is to avoid cutting your grass too short. Grass cut under two inches could be damaged or die. After you aerate, let your grass grow a few inches before cutting it, allowing your grass roots to take firm hold.
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