When it comes to lawn maintenance, one of your best allies is lawn aeration. Done correctly, this simple practice can help your grass thrive in a way that’s lush and durable. The best part? It only needs to be done 1-2 times a year.
Aeration works by making holes in the lawn by either “spiking” it or “coring” it. Before we get to methods, first discover why aeration is key part of lawn maintenance. Lawn aeration:
- Enables water to better soak the soil and root system
- Helps break up thatch
- Allows oxygen to reach the roots, helping the soil “breathe”
- Loosens compacted soil, letting the root system grow
- Helps organic nutrients access the root system
As for methods, the most effective for lawn aeration is, hands down, “coring” the soil, which actually extracts plugs of soil from the ground. Avoid any kind of spiking method (especially using spiked shoes), as this just compacts soil more by pushing it in instead of removing it.
Manual coring aerators do a good job but are labor intensive. You can also rent power coring aerators at tool rental stores that come in handy when you have a large area to cover. When it does come time to aerate your lawn, keep these three tips in mind:
- Water your lawn thoroughly the day before. You want the soil to be soft and moist, but not muddy.
- As you aerate, beware of puncturing shallow sprinkler lines.
- Afterwards, leave the core plugs on the grass–they will help break down thatch. Let them dry out and either rake them into the grass or just wait until you mow again to break them up.
We hope you found this helpful. You can find more tips for maintaining healthy grass here, or get started on your new lawn today by ordering grass pallets from us online. The Grass Outlet proudly serves the Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio areas.