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Should You Opt for Manual or Power Lawn Aeration?

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Lawn aeration is the process of opening up tiny holes throughout your lawn in order to allow more water, oxygen, and vital nutrients to penetrate down to the roots of your grass. Lawn aerating can be done in one of two general ways: By using spikes to create holes in the ground, or using coring spikes, which pull "plugs" of soil out of the ground.

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Simply using spikes to drive holes into the ground might not be the best treatment for your lawn. As the soil is separated by the spike, it simply compacts. This makes your lawn even more impervious to water and oxygen. Removing a core or "plug" of soil allows the ground to breathe and soak up more water, fertilizer, and other necessities for a beautiful lawn.

Lawn Aerating: Manual or Power?

Many manual core aerators are similar in style to push mowers, or work as attachments on the back of your riding lawn mower. Manual lawn aerators are also available as shoes or sandals that the homeowner can wear while pushing a lawn mower, thus finishing two jobs at once with no added hassle.

Power aerators are often available for rent at your local lawn care center, and get the job done within a short period of time. If you have a larger lawn, renting a power aerator for an afternoon can be an attractive option.

Many homeowners don't like the look of "plugs" on top of their lawn when aeration is done. To remedy this, drag an old piece of carpet over the grass to help break up the bits of soil that are left behind; they eventually blend in to your lawn so it looks perfect again.

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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