Turf Tips: Spring lawn Aeration
It’s time to help your lawn breathe! Before the hottest weather starts spring is the perfect time for lawn aeration to give your lawn some extra access to oxygen and get it all prepared for summer.
It’s time to help your lawn breathe!
Over time the soil underneath your lawn gets compacted and this restricts the amount of air that gets to your soil and the root system of your lawn. Healthy soils are a mixture of solid soil particles, water and air, when the lawn is compacted there is less air and water available for your lawn. By regularly aerating your lawn you give your entire lawn a breath of fresh air and help it thrive, sending its root system deeper into the now freshly oxygenated soil. A bonus about aerating your soil it’s also the perfect time to fertilise your lawn with the new holes letting the nutrients get right to the roots.
Lawn aeration methods
There are several methods of lawn aeration. From using simple tools you already have at home to equipment you can purchase either from online, to your local hardware store or as well as heavy duty equipment you can hire from your local equipment hire company.
These tools help your lawn do two things, it spikes and corers. A spike literally just pokes holes in the ground, this is quick easy and makes no extra mess but the soil around the holes is actually compacted even more to make room for the holes. Corers pull out a plug of soil that is removed from the lawn, this is a far superior method but is harder and you do then have plugs of soil you will need to clean up.
One of the simplest methods of lawn aeration is to use a garden fork. Dig the fork at least 10cm into the ground and give the fork a good wiggle to open up the holes. Repeat this process at about 10cm intervals across your lawn.
- Upside: You can use what you have at home
- Downside: the soil around the holes is compacted even more
Lawn aeration sandals
The cheapest new toy that could help you aerate your lawn is a pair of lawn aerator sandals. While they may look like something for hiking through snow they are actually for easily putting lots of little holes over your lawn.
- Upside: Cheap and easy
- Downside: Only works if the soil isn’t too hard and makes small holes
Cyclone Tubular Steel Lawn Aerator
To really do it right with a tool you can keep at home you can’t go past the Cyclone Tubular Steel Lawn Aerator available from your local Bunnings store. By removing plugs of soil this is the best hand tool available in Australia for lawn aeration. By removing the plugs of soil this tool opens up your lawn to a fresh breath of air without compacting the soil around the hole like a fork or the sandals.
- Upside: Easy to store at home to aerate your lawn as required year round
- Downside: Heavy work by hand, plugs will need to be cleaned up afterwards
Petrol Lawn Corer Aerator
If you have a large lawn that needs aerating or just want to do your properly without the hard labour of the hand tools you can head to your local machinery hire company such as Kennards Hire and hire a petrol powered lawn core aerator. The petrol power will make light work of the job ensuring you get good quality cores pulled out giving your lawn the best chance for some fresh air and the nutrients needed to thrive.
- Upside: Great for large areas, lighter work and better quality
- Downside: mess left behind and cost of hire
Finishing the job with fertiliser
With the lawn now covered in holes the job isn’t complete. To keep those holes open giving your lawn express delivery of water and nutrients you can fill the holes with sand.
Now is the best time to get some fertiliser into your lawn as the holes will be taking the nutrients straight to the root system of your lawn. You can order a full range of our premium lawn fertilisers direct from our online store. Once fertilised water in well to give your lawn a good kick start. Your lawn won’t look its best for a couple of weeks but the payoff will come soon enough with your lawn stronger and ready for those hot summer days and the extra foot traffic of families and pets outdoors in the summer sun.
To get some more advice on lawn aeration or to install a new lawn in spring call our team on (07) 3114 8230. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.
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