411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

His and Hers, and Dream Conveniences are all The Rage In New Luxury Home Design

There was a time when the double sink was about as fancy as home design got. Being able to have your own place to brush your teeth, not have her...

on Apr 28, 2017

The Right Decking Material To Choose And How To Maintain It For Your Specific Needs

  There is no better place to create memories with your family or to entertain than the great outdoors. As an extension of your interior, a...

on Apr 27, 2017

Roofing Styles and Designs: So Many Options

If you’re building a new home and are just in the early planning stages, you may want to give some extra thought to the type of roof you want...

on Apr 25, 2017

The 4 Biggest Hidden Home Renovation Costs

Undertaking a full home renovation is a huge project – and even just restoring a few rooms in your home can cost you quite a bit of time and...

on Apr 24, 2017

10 Tips To Lowering An Electricity Bill

10 Tips To Lowering An Electricity Bill This lay out 10 different strategies you can do to help drastically lower your electricity bill so that...

on Apr 23, 2017

Aerating Your Lawn

by Guest on Aug 3, 2010

Lawn aeration is beneficial when soil has been compacted. Soils get compacted for a number of reasons: sports, car or other vehicle traffic and parking or wet, poorly drained soil.. Think about a football field. All that activity compacts the soil which kills the grass. Aeration is a common practice on sports fields to keep the grass healthy. When the soil gets compacted there is little pore space in the soil to hold air. Grass roots need air to grow and the space to absorb water and nutrients.

Lawn aeration removes small soil plugs from the lawn. A manual aerator is a cylinder with a handle which extracts a soil plug approximately ½ to 1 inch wide and 5’ to 6” deep. The plug is pushed out of the top of the cylinder the next time you use it and deposited on the lawn. These holes are made 2 to 6 inches apart depending on the degree of compaction. It is better to use an aerator that pulls the plugs out of the soil. Some aerators simply push solid spikes into the soil to aerate and are not as effective as the cylinders.

Aeration is needed when the grass roots are less than 2 inches deep. To check and see if aeration is needed remove a small piece of the lawn to determine the depth of the grass roots.

It is best to aerate in the fall. During the dry summer months lawns are already stressed and aeration may damage the lawn. Soil should be moist when aerating so it is best to water the lawn the day before aerating if it isn’t moist from rain. Try and aerate in two different directions to make sure you get air to all the roots. The soil plugs can be left on the lawn. If the soil in the plugs is compacted you can break them up and they will work back into the soil faster.

Your soil will benefit from aeration in many ways. The soil microorganisms will be able to work faster at decomposing thatch. The soil will receive more Water, oxygen and nutrients moving into and through it. Roots will grow stronger. Water will filter through the lawn better. If your lawn needs fertilizer or seeding you can do both of these things right after you aerate.

If you have a large lawn you can rent an aerator at rental equipment stores or you can hire a lawn service to do it for you. Make sure the machine that is used has hollow tines so that the soil plugs are brought to the surface

 

Amazon.com Lawn Aerator411

General

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Overall Lighting Includes Indoors and Outside

Try not to forget about outside illumination when you are considering home lighting changes. You may no longer need wires for these lights, thanks...

Electrical / Lighting

Organising An Office Move

Companies grow and expand over time, and this inevitably means moving to a larger and more convenient office space. There are a different set of...

General Household

Get on Top of Things

I’m talking about DIY here because I’m one of those people who will fix things when the problem arises, because otherwise I’d leave it all until so...

Interior Design / Decor

How To Install Pavers

When installing pavers you want to get it right the first time, otherwise you’ll end up having to make repairs after a few years. There are ways to...

Garden / Landscaping

How Do I Use Natural Cleaning Products?

One of the real beauties of natural cleaning products is that most of them can be used to clean more than one thing. No more cluttering up your...

Cleaning / Maintenance

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017