Why Should You Use a Lawn Aerator?

use a lawn aerator for a better lawnThe soil in your yard can become compacted making it impossible for grass roots to penetrate it. This results in patchy areas of lawn or even brown spots in the lawn. A lawn aerator breaks up the compacted soil making it easier for the roots to grow and expand. In some cases you may only need to aerate your lawn once every 3 to 5 years. However, in cases where there is heavy traffic on your lawn you may need to aerate more often.

The good news is that you have several options when it comes to a lawn aerator:

  1. Spike aerators
  2. Core aerators
  3. Liquid aerators
  4. Natural aerators

You could choose to buy or rent a spike or core aerator. These come in tow behind models that can be attached to ATV’s or lawn tractors or stand alone models that have their own motors. These options can be expensive and of the two the core aerator is a better choice. The spike aerator simply drives spikes into the ground and this can further compact the soil. The core aerator cuts out a small core of ground leaving a hole behind.

Another option that is less expensive and more natural is to use a product like Liquid Aerator Blend. Many people have found that combining the liquid lawn aerator with Lawn Dethatcher offers the best results. These two products are all natural and work together to break down the thatch that accumulates at the base of the grass. The combination of good bacteria and enzymes break down the organic components of thatch and allow air and water to penetrate the soil.

You may also want to consider another natural way of aerating your lawn—the common earth worm. These harmless and seldom seen creatures are Mother Nature’s lawn aerators. As they go about their lives they create tunnels through the soil breaking up clots and helping to break down organic compounds. The tunnels they create in your soil allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass roots. The only time you will see them is after a really hard rain or when you are digging up the soil for planting. If you don’t want the mess of adding actual earth worms to your yard you may want to try something like, Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons TM.

If your lawn is heavily compacted you may need to use a machine to aerate it the first time. Then continue using the liquid aerators and earthworm combination to prevent the compaction from reoccurring. You will know if your lawn needs to be aerated by trying to dig down into it. If it takes a major effort to get the shovel to cut into the soil then you probably need to consider aeration and dethatching. At least now you know that you have options to choose from when it comes to a lawn aerator.

You could also opt for hiring a lawn maintenance company to come and aerate your lawn.

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