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The best time to aerate your lawn is usually after all the kids in the neighborhood are through using it for a playground. It’s important to know about the ideal times for aeration, because those are the times when it will have the most positive impact on your lawn. If the playground usage happens to come in the early spring or fall, so much the better. When your lawn gets a great deal of traffic, as mine does, it can cause a lot of extra compaction of the soil layer near the surface, and that can make it very difficult for grass roots to penetrate the soil, to get the nutrients they need. Springtime is generally when to aerate your lawn, as well as when to fertilize your lawn, but it is true that aeration is a good idea following a prolonged period of compaction, such as from extra traffic.
You should aerate your lawn when any of the following circumstances are true:
There are two basic types of aeration machines, plug aerators and spike aerators. Spike aerators operate by inserting tines into the ground to create a slim hole to a certain depth. Plug aerators work by actually removing plugs of soil, usually two or three inches deep. Plug aerators are considered to be much superior to spike aerators, because they accomplish the task of aerating the soil better, with actual removal of soil plugs. The tine insertion method of a spike aerator may actually lead to greater soil compaction in the immediate areas surrounding the holes. For best results, stick with plug aerators.
Here are some tips you should observe when aerating your lawn, so as to achieve the maximum benefit from the process:
So that you can maximize your lawn fertilization efforts, you should follow these tips:
If all the kids in the neighborhood continue to congregate in your yard for play, it doesn’t have to spell the end of your beautiful-looking lawn. By fertilizing several times in the spring, and by aerating at about the same time, your grass can be provided with all the elements it needs from the soil, so it can maintain good health. Use a granular fertilizer and make sure to use a plug aerator when you get around to soil aeration. The best aeration machines can be purchased from Turftime Equipment, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-201-1031, or fill out a contact form to get started today!
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