I live in zone 7b with heavy clay soil. I have to aerate my lawn may
be next year. I have sprinkler system in my yard and the builder has
done an awful job. You never know where you're going to dig and find a
water pipe. So I was wondering if there's a safe way to aerate my lawn
without bursting any of them. I was reading old posts about core
aerators and I figure it may cut through these pipes.
Is there a manual way of aerating the lawn where I can be more
watchful? My lawn is not very big. About 5000 sqft or so and I'm more
concerned about the front yard which is about 2000 sqft.
Most towns don't have a code that covers irrigation systems. According to
Hunter the min dept for the pipe should be 5 inches. Most core aerators
wont't go down more than 2-2.5 inches. Once in a while, when mine is done,
the may pull out a 3 - 4 incher plug based on how moist the soil is. I know
my irrigation pipes are not down that deep, especially in spots where there
a significant grade change. I had my lawn areated 2 times a year, and they
have yet to hit a pipe. I flag the sprinkler heads.
I'm only concerned about the sprinkler system. May be I should opt for
any good manual method to aerate.
does anyone have any suggestions about a good manual aeration method.
I heard that the shoes are useless. Since we're talking about a small
area I was wondering if there are any alternatives to core aerator
Another question I have is when is it a good time to do? The lawn is 3
years old and we have clay soil (zone 7b/8a).
Thanks for suggestions.
Any manual method worth its salt is going to give you the same results as
the core aerator. Aerators using the thin spindles don't do much good.
Your sprinkler system pipes should be safe. As another poster said, flag
the sprinkler heads and give them a wide berth when aerating.
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