If your lawn is looking dull or you suspect water isn’t penetrating through your soil, it may be time to aerate. Aerating gets much needed oxygen, water, and nutrients into the roots of your lawn by piercing small holes through your soil, enabling healthy growth and a fresh green color. While there are a number of ways to aerate your lawn, a power aerator is your best bet to get the job done quickly and correctly. You won’t need to purchase an aerator for this task. Most hardware stores carry a variety of aerators available for daily rental.
The best time to aerate your lawn depends on the type of grass you have, your soil type, and your climate. So be sure to do a bit of research before you begin. You’ll only need two things for this beginner’s level project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Sprinkler Flags
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear. Throughout the video, we’ll alert you regarding when you should and should not use the safety gear.
Flag sprinklers and check soil. Start by flagging your sprinklers so you don’t accidentally aerate over them, a potentially costly home repair that’s easily avoided. As you’re doing this, check to make sure your soil contains the right amount of moisture. If your lawn is too wet, the aerator will get bogged down. If it’s too dry, the machine won’t get through the surface at all.
Aerate your lawn. Now that you’ve flagged your sprinklers and checked your soil, it’s time to aerate. et the depth gauge on the aerator to maximum. Run the machine across the lawn back and forth in one direction. Then run it again, crosshatching the original direction.
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