• 7 Lawn Aeration Tips

    by  • April 7, 2012 • Lawn Aeration Tips • 5 Comments

    Lawn aeration is essential if you want to have a green, healthy lawn. Over the years, a lot of people have asked me what they need to do before they aerate and how aerating benefits their lawn. This article answers both of these questions.

    7 Tips for Aerating a Lawn

    Lawn Aeration Tips

    1. Mark where you placed the water sprinklers head. Don’t worry, your lawn aerator, won’t puncture the lines as long as they are more than 3 inches below the surface.

    2. It is a good idea to water the lawn the night before. Water enough to soften the soil. Do not aerate just after you water because the water has soaked in yet and you might make your lawn muddy.

    3. Before operating your aerator, be sure you have read the manual carefully. Make sure you know how to run your machine.  Make sure you at least know how to raise and lower the tines, and how to stop.

    4. Give more attention to high traffic areas since the soil in these areas are the most compacted. You may want to go over these areas twice for the best results.

    5. Pay extra caution when operating in hilly areas. Aerators can sometime tip or roll over. Make sure to hold on to your aerator firmly with your both hands.

    6. Some power aerators make a lot of noise.   Ear plugs or an engine muffler are a good idea. .

    7. After lawn aeration, experts recommend you fertilize your lawn and  learn how to seed a lawn to get the best results. Maintaining your lawn green and vibrant is easy, just follow these simple steps and you will aerate like a pro. Be careful though because your neighbors and friends might want to hire you to do their lawns also.

    Primary Benefits of Lawn Aeration

    • Oxygen. It’s “aeration” for a reason! Aerating your lawn will allow the air to have an easy interaction with the roots.

    • As you loosen tight and compacted soil you allow the roots to have a deeper and firmer grip on the ground..

    • When you loosen the soil, water can have easy access to the root system for it is easily absorbed.

    • Fertilizers and other nutrients are easily accessed by the root system contributing to a greener lawn.

    • The need for thatching is minimized when you aerate. Thatch is composed of grass stems,clippings, roots and other decomposing matter.


    5 Responses to 7 Lawn Aeration Tips

    1. Jason Branson
      September 18, 2013 at 1:08 am

      I have a 26.5″ Ryan aerator and want to start aerating other people’s lawn but I am concerned about hitting underground wires (cable, telephone, etc). How concerned should I be? Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!! Great site!

    2. Kim Glancy
      April 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      After my yard has been aerated can I run my mower over top of the dirt plugs so my dog won’t eat them?

      • spencer
        April 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        The best way to get them up is to rake them. Sometimes it works with a lawn mower but most of the time to plugs are to big to mow up.

    3. Monte
      May 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      I have heavy clay soil. After aerating can I rake the plugs and then rake in some kind of top soil or sand mix to start amending the soil? Is that a waste of time?

      • spencer
        August 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm

        It helps out a lot. I like using peat moss much better then sand as a top dressing.

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