The Q&A Archives: Aeration of Lawn

Question: My lawn is very hard and the dirt is very hard black clay. When I water most of the water runs off the lawn into the street. I have thought about renting an Aerator to loosen up the soil as well as using gypsom. Do you havbe any other suggestions.

Answer: Brian,

Gypsum only helps if the clay is tight due to excessive sodium in the soil. Otherwise gypsum will not help a clay soil. Water the area in small amounts to allow it to soak in a little. Then when it is moderately moist (not wet) rent the aerator and aerate as deeply as is practical. Then apply 1/3 inch of compost or peat moss over the surface of the lawn and water it in well. This should help your lawn a lot.

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