The benefits of lawn aeration

The lawn enthusiasts among you will know that to keep your garden in tip-top condition you need to remove the heavy thatch and compacted soil through aeration once a year.  After all, your lawn has probably taken a battering over summer with friends and family meeting in the garden with all that heavy foot traffic.

If you are looking for a simple and cost-effective way to relieve soil compaction, the Handy THHTA Aerator provides long-lasting aeration and relieves compacted soil and revives hard, dry lawn-areas. Its five hollow tines remove soil-cores down to a depth of 50mm, enabling water, air, and nutrients to better access the root network so to encourage lush, healthy growth.

Just remember to mow your lawn first and make sure it is not too short, the soil must be moist when you aerate to help the machine penetrate the soil.

What is aeration and why is it important?

Aerating involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach down to the grass roots, this stimulates the roots to grow deeper which in return produces a stronger, luscious lawn.

How do I know if my lawn needs aeration?

Some easy to spot signs:

  • Puddles on your lawn, this is an indication of compacted soil.
  • Thinning grass, patches and worn-out areas that are a bit more than the normal wear and tear could be a sign the roots are currently unable to get the proper nutrients or water intake they require.
  • Yellow and brown grass is an obvious warning sign that the soil is compacted and if left untreated the grass will die.
  • Take-a-look at your neighbour’s lawn, if their garden is flourishing and yours is not, it could mean your grass is not receiving enough nutrients to sprout growth.

When is the best time to carry this out?

Ideally the best time is early spring or autumn during the growing season, then the grass has the chance to heal and will be able to naturally fill any patchy areas which may occur once the soil plugs have been removed.

What should I do afterwards?

Nothing, let the soil plugs and extra soil dry where they fall, (no matter how untidy they may look), these will all break down in rainfall or crumble the next time you mow the garden adding organic matter back to your lawn.  It is recommended that you should seed, fertilize, and water your lawn within 48 hours of aerating the lawn, as all will have the best chance to get down into the ready-made holes.

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