Why is it that your neighbour’s lawn is greener than yours when both of you are using similar fertilizer? It could be that your lawn lacks aeration.
Aerating your lawn allows higher oxygen penetration down to the root system and increases nutrient and water absorption by the grass roots. When this happens, your grasses will grow fuller and more healthily.
To perform lawn aeration efficiently, there are some basic tips you need to consider.
1. You can aerate in the fall to hinder the proliferation of couch grass and weeds. This is the time when the ground is dry and very hard.
2. Generally speaking, Aerating lawn procedures are best done at certain times of the year. You can aerate anytime between May to June if you have warm-weather lawn grass, but if you have cool-weather lawn grass, as most British gardeners do, you can aerate from August to September.
3. Since you have to make holes on the ground, the soil must be wet before you aerate. If it looks like it will rain, let the water stay on the ground for a day. If you believe no rain is coming, you should water your lawn. Make sure the whole area is moistened.
4. Use a power aerator. Circular lawn tufts are best addressed by using a plug aerator. A good aerator must be able to plunge into soil at least 3 to 4 inches deep. Some experts are saying that using golf spike is not so good in aeration because it is capable of producing smaller holes only. You ca also make use of a push-operated aerator which is entirely eco-friendly.
Make sure you aerate your whole lawn by working in both directions and pay special attention to the parts where people walk. You need to counter the compaction that comes from constantly being used as a footpath.