aerating - Knowledgebase Question

monsey, Ne
Question by abelanderer
April 11, 2010
how can I aerate cheaply and easily?

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010


Aerating is more than just poking holes in the lawn, although you can do that with a garden fork. It's labor intensive and cheap but not very efficient. The best way to go about it is to rent a core aerator and do a thorough job. 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 which will help loosen compacted soils and give the water and the grass roots a place to go. After aerating you can overseed your entire lawn.

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