04-17-2013 03:43 PM - edited 05-08-2013 12:08 PM
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You can aerate the lawn 2 ways, by hand, or with a mechanical aerator, water the lawn completely, the use the tool you have picked out. One of the tools will take a small plug out of the soil.
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04-24-2013 09:33 AM
Lawn aeration is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your lawn. It can be done manually but is best done with a power aeration machine that can be rented locally. Core aeration, done with a power aeration machine, is most effective. It will remove plugs of grass and soil, leaving holes in the ground and helping to increase air and water circulation in the soil. In areas with clay soil, lawn aeration should be done twice a year, Spring and Fall. In areas with more sandy soil, it should be done once a year.
Lawn aeration will promote deeper root growth, improving the lawn's drought resistance. A lawn with a deeper, more extensive root system will need less water.
In addition,the best time to fertilize and overseed your lawn is right after it has been aerated.
Here is a link to an article on the benefits of lawn aeration that might be helpful: http://www.scienturficsod.com/growing-great-lawns/
Mark Leonard/Head of Sales and Marketing/Scienturfic Sod/local sod supplier for The Home Depot stores in Colorado