Aeration is an essential part of lawn care, recycling soil nutrients and removing dead plant materials from around the top of the ground. Improper turf management is one of the easiest sins to commit when it comes to tending your lawn, much unsure of where to begin with properly aerating the soil. Follow these three simple tips to get a better grasp on the process and help keep your plants alive and healthy.
Regularly Aerate for Best Results
For the best results, it is recommended to aerate your lawn at least once a year, preferably in the Fall. Aerating too regularly can damage your grass, meaning you should take care in how often you do it. Setting an annual date can be effective for getting the most out of aeration.
Map Out Your Lawn
Before you can start the process of aerating your lawn, you’ll first need to make a plan. Do this by plotting out the design of your lawn and marking where various subterranean fixtures of your home are located. The last thing you want to do is plunge into your yard and accidentally puncture a septic tank. When you can confirm the location of everything, mark the area with flags or other identifiers so you can take precaution when working in those places. It’s also important to map out the route you’ll take along the way (your mowing path will do in most cases).
Choose the Best Tool for the Job
The key for proper turf management comes in the form of what tools to use. Generally, you have the option of handling things manually or using an automated method. Both have their pros and cons and which you pick will depend heavily on your lawn care needs.
Manual machines come in several forms, from spikes jabbed into the ground to devices designed like non-electric lawn mowers, tearing up small soil plugs and tossing them across the surface of the ground. This method is usually best for smaller lawns, as trying to aerate a massive lawn by hand would be tiring and take quite a while to finish. Be wary, though, that simply making holes does not pull out soil plugs up as effectively as other devices. Automated machines may work as attachments on riding mowers or as their own devices. They use tines to pull soil plugs from deep underground, covering much larger areas quicker than manual versions.
Now that you’ve known the basics, try them out. Aerating your lawn is an essential part of maintaining its beauty and health. Experiment with these and other techniques and tips to find what has the best effect for your turf.