I have a beautiful lawn and have never aerated it. The worms keep it
well aerated. Is your lawn compacted? If so, eliminate the cause.
Heavy machines and kids can quickly compact a lawn, so keep these off
the grass especially when wet.
You're showing your age... it's been nearly 30 years since golf shoes had
spikes... today golf shoes use screw-in plastic cleats that are designed
specifically not to penetrate sod. Today golf courses will not permit
anyone on the course with the old fashioned spikes. The correct method for
aerating a lawn is with a plugging tool.
Assuming you need aeration plunge a spading fork into the soil full
depth and give it a wiggle. Repeat about every 8". No need to do it
all in one day.
Here it's the eathworm's job, have yours been decimated by turf grass
Thanks for all the replies. Our lawn is not decimated or anything, just
some areas are better than others and I read one should aerate lawns.
Our situation doesn't allow us to forbid kids and people from the lawn.
At Home Depot I saw a gadget that had 2 hollow spikes, presumably to
remove some dirt each time? Another had 4 solid spikes, so it will just
make holes, which I suppose aerates enough.
But my reaction was, how inefficient? Shouldn't there be a tool which
has a square with 16 spikes instead of a line with 4?
That's what I meant, something that would make efficient use of time
Thanks for your thoughts.
: What's the best way to aerate a small 30'x40' lawn without damaging
You'd need to weigh 500 pounds to stomp it in. There are roller type
aerator/pluggers but they're too large for your little lawn and they cost
big. Use the dual prong plugger, you'd be surprised at how quickly you can
cover your small lawn... I bet it wouldn't take more than 3 hours and you
don't have to do it all at one time.... and it's not like you need to do
this all that often, perhaps once every 2-3 years.
Why not try to contact the grounds keeper for one of your local sports
fields (football or soccer) and ask their advice. Could probably be done
You may want to start by looking at the following sites as well.
As these sites use chemical fertilizers, which kill the ecology of the
soil, and make you dependent on buying more chemferts, I suggest you
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How much money do you have to spare?
Easiest way, and cheapest, use a garden fork to make holes. I would
suggest a day or so after it rains as the ground will be softer.
Best way, with a slitting aerator like this
But it won't be cheap.
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