Have you ever wondered why people pull plugs out of their lawns? The answer is a lawn care practice called aeration. Aeration promotes air circulation under your lawn, and here’s how it benefits your turf grass:

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    prevents accumulations of moisture that can lead to fungus and disease
    reduces soil compaction and thatch, allowing proper flow of water and nutrients to grass roots
    aerating before fertilizing and seeding maximizes results

You can rent lawn aerators, also called “core aerators,” from equipment rental services; if possible, arrange to aerate between Monday and Friday to avoid the weekend rush on equipment rentals. If you’re a dedicated lawn warrior, you can buy from a variety of aerator models . Maintaining lawn care program of scheduled irrigation, fertilizing, dethatching, and aeration can help your lawn grow disease and pest resistant. Once the summer heat has diminished, fall is a great time to aerate and fertilize your lawn. Here are some tips:

    Water your lawn the day before aerating; this softens soil for “pulling the plugs.”
    Locate and mark cable and sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads before aerating to avoid damaging them.
    Use an aerator that pulls plugs from two to three inches deep, and no more than four inches apart.
    Leaving the plugs on your lawn allows them to decompose and return to the soil.
    It’s safe to overseed and/or fertilize right after aerating is completed.
    Heavy traffic areas may require more frequent aeration due to soil compaction