What is lawn aeration?
When and how is lawn aeration done?
For many years, golf course superintendents have
known that one of the biggest secrets to having perfect greens is by
aerating two to three times per year
Aeration, or core cultivation, is standard lawn
care. Aerating a lawn means supplying the soil with air, usually by
poking holes in the ground throughout the lawn using an aerator. It
reduces soil compaction and helps control thatch in lawns while
helping water and fertilizer move into the root zone.
A lawn can be aerated at any time the ground is
not frozen, but should not be done when it is extremely hot and dry.
Heavy traffic areas will require aeration more frequently. Lawn
aeration may be undertaken in the spring or fall, as long as the soil
is not frozen.
Aeration is most effective when actual cores
or plugs of soil are pulled from the lawn. Holes should be two to
three inches deep and no more than two to four inches apart
(double aerating is not necessary) . Lawns
should be thoroughly watered the day before aerating so plugs can be
pulled more deeply and easily. Mark all sprinkler heads, shallow
irrigation lines and cable TV lines before aerating so those lines
will not be damaged.
It is important to leave the cores on the
lawn, allowing them to work back into the grass. Lawns may be
fertilized and over seeded immediately after aeration. There is no need
to top dress lawns following aeration.
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