Aerate lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Hiram, Ge
Question by wpaye
September 21, 2009
In a few weeks I am going to aerate my lawn. I notice that golf courses put something down after they aerate. What do I add after I aerate?

Answer from NGA
September 21, 2009


They probably apply a thin layer of compost, or of sand. I'd vote for renting a core 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.

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