areation - Knowledgebase Question

Gwynn Oak, Ma
Question by walllx
June 19, 2009
are golf shoes and/or baseball shoes ok to use for areating your lawn.

Answer from NGA
June 19, 2009


Golf shoes or cleated baseball shoes will punch shallow holes into the turf but I don't think the spikes will go deep enough to do any good. The goal behind aerating your lawn is to displace some soil so the grass roots have an opportunity to spread out, and so the ground can drain quickly. For this you'll need to go several inches deep. I'd rent an aerator. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn or just allow the turf to spread and fill in the empty spots. Either approach should improve the soil beneath the lawn and help your lawn grow lush and thick, which will help crowd out any future weeds.

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