lawn aeration - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, Ca
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Question by pnielsen54
February 21, 2010
What is the best time to do aeration? Should you apply fertilizer afterwards?

Answer from NGA
February 21, 2010
You can aerate in the spring or in the fall. 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, if necessary. If you don't overseed you can fertilize; if you do overseed, wait about 6 weeks for the new grass to establish itself before feeding. Good luck with your lawn.

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