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Tips for Successful Lawn Aeration

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Is your lawn starting to look a bit brown, thin, or generally unhealthy? Fertilizer can only go so far in making your lawn beautiful. To keep your lawn growing at its full potential, you need to aerate it.

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What Is Aerating?

Aerating is the process of removing small plugs of soil from your lawn to encourage new growth. Lawn aeration allows more oxygen to reach the roots, helps old grasses decompose faster, and makes your lawn more drought-resistant. New growth is be much healthier!

Tips for Good Lawn Aeration

To get the most of our your lawn aeration, take these tips to heart:

  • Aerate on a day when temperatures are mild.
  • The soil should be moist, but not wet. Wet soil catches in the hollow tines of the aerator and makes the process difficult.
  • If you have cool-season grasses, aerate in the fall. Lawn aeration for warm-season grasses is usually best done in the springtime.
  • When you aerate in the fall, don't wait until too late in the season! Make sure there are four weeks of good growing time left for your lawn to fill in the holes and make the most of your aeration efforts.
  • After aerating your lawn, leave the soil plugs alone for a few days to break up. You can crumble the plugs with a rake, lawn mower, or old piece of carpet dragged lightly across your lawn.
  • Before your first aeration, talk to a landscape specialist about your soil type, the grass you have, and how deeply you should aerate your lawn to get the best results.

Show off your lawn's potential with regular aerating to keep it healthy, vibrant, and green.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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