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What is a Lawn Aerator

Date posted: 10 November 2011

A lawn aerator is piece of garden machinery which is designed to puncture holes in the soil thus helping to  alleviate soil compaction and improve drainage. This, in turn, helps more nutrients get into the ground and penetrate the grass roots which encourages and stimulates root growth. lawn aerator

Why Aerate your lawn?

Over time, the soil beneath the lawn becomes compacted, and this prevents both oxygen and water from reaching the roots and nourishing the grass adequately.  Coupled with drainage problems, this can lead to shallow rooted grass and the lawn having less drought resistance. By aerating your garden, you will improve it’s overall quality in some ways including:

Lawn Aeration Benefits

  • Improved lawn drainage and irrigation
  • Healthier lawn by allowing less surface runoff and more roots to be fed by water
  • Increase in fescue and bent grasses as opposed to meadow grass. These are also easier to maintain and are the preferred grasses used by bowling greens and golf courses
  • Improvement in soil structure and texture and encouragement of deeper root depth
  • Increase in resistance to soil drought
  • Stimulation of the soil microbes which is one of the key aspects of having healthy soil
  • Visual improvement in lawn

When should you aerate your lawn?

You can aerate your lawn nearly all year round apart from when it's either freezing, and the ground is frozen or when there is a spate of dry weather expected.These types of weather cause the ground to be too hard to aerate so taking that into consideration, along as the ground is moist enough, and then any other time would be okay.

Essential Steps to do before using a aerator

  • Make sure the lawn is mowed nice and short ideally the day before you want to aerate it. Ideally with a suitable mower like a petrol rotary mower but if you don’t have one, then any mower should do or you can always hire one to assist you.
  • You then need to do some scarification before mowing the lawn once again to make sure the ground is completely clear of debris and loose grass. The aim of scarifying the lawn is to remove all loose organic matter from the grass thus encouraging better and healthier grass growth. You can do this with a rake, or you don’t own one, then you can hire a lawn scarifier which will make the job much easier and quicker

Should I use hollow-tines or solid-tines?
 

Solid Tines

Although Solid Tines have been used extensively over time, people are now moving to alternative tines because they can sometimes cause compaction to the wall surrounding the hole they produce. Saying that, though, the Solid tine will always prove to be invaluable where the soil is dry and hard and severely compacted.

Hollow Tines

The hollow tine is usually used for situations where drainage is poor and the soil has become mainly compacted. By removing the core of soil from inside the tine, this helps to alleviate conditions whereby the soil is severely compacted. It can also be used for assisting in getting sand or loam in the soil.  However, you need to make sure that you don’t over do the plug holes with the aerator, or this can lead to situations whereby the top soil becomes soft which can encourage weeds, etc.

Splitting Tines

This is now considered to be the first choice to use when you aerate a lawn due the fact that it produces less compaction in the soil walls than the other types of tines. You will also find that the hole produced is much larger with a splitting tine than it is with a solid tine and this helps to allow a greater amount of water and oxygen to get to the soil. Another benefit from using a splitting tine is that root pruning indirectly takes place which again help to encourage new growth.

Some essential tips and benefits about lawn aeration:

  • The two ways to aerate your lawn is either by using a tine to remove the soil from the ground hence creating a hole or by pushing a tine like a rod to make a hole in the soil.
  • Give the lawn a good water the day before you intend you aerate your lawn. This helps in adding a bit of moisture to the soil.
  • Make sure you have done scarified the lawn either by using a rake or by a hiring a scarifier to assist you in removing the surface debris before aerating.
  • Don’t aerate the lawn if the soil is waterlogged or extremely wet as this can have a detrimental effect.
  • Best times to aerate are either in Spring, Summer or Autumn when the Soil is moist. Never aerate when the soil is frozen.
  • Don’t waste money using shoes with aerators attached on the bottom.
  • You should always aerate the perimeter of your garden last.
  • You should aerate your lawn in 2 directions at right angles – i.e., aerate one way back and forth, and then aerate the other way back and forth.
  • Always work in straight lines

Why and how to hire a aerator?

Lawn Aerator hire is an ideal cost effective way to assist you in aerating a lawn without having to spend the earth to do it. Our Lawn Aerators for hire come with the ability to be equipped with either solid spikes or hollow corers, thus allowing you the perfect way to aerate your lawn effectively and efficiently as possible.

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