Have you secretly adored the lush and beautiful seeking lawn in your neighbor’s house and pondered why yours never seems to look healthy enough? This is probably your neighbor regularly aerates his lawn which makes it appear lush and green all the year round. Lawn aerators are garden tools that happen to be required to aerate your lawn grass in order that it stays green and healthy. Aeration makes it possible for air and moisture to seep into the root system hence allowing the roots to develop deeper and compact along with thickening the turf. Regular aeration ensures that the roots have become deep into the soil after which frequent watering isn’t required to keep your lawn looking lush and green.
There are plenty of different types of lawn aerators available these days; select one which happens to be suitable for your grass and soil type. Aeration shoes are an excellent choice for small spaces in front of your house while a rotary spike aerator will be required if your lawn is mid-sized. But if you have an massive lawn or require aerating massive spaces such as parks and sports fields, then a core aerator is essential for the job. Even though the first two are not hugely expensive, the latter is fairly heavy on the pocket. The decision for aerators significantly depends on your requirements and the size of your lawn.
Rolling lawn aerators are usually pushed or towed behind a vehicle and consist of a drum or axle that has rows of spikes attached with it. Rolling aerators with hollow tines, permeate into the ground, taking out dirt cores that are then left on the surface to break up and return to the soil. The resulting holes enable better movement of water, air and nutrients to the roots.
Another option which may be more practical should you have a large lawn or have to aerate a bigger area (such as a field) is a gas-powered lawn aerator. Nevertheless, keep in mind that this really is heavy equipment and even transporting the aerator home might be a two-person job. For that reason, many people who use a powered aerator a couple of times a year would rather hire someone to do it for them.
The last method of aeration is liquid aeration. This method is the least known, yet considered by some as the best method. Liquid aeration is achieved by spraying a liquid solution over the ground, then watering it in. The advantages of using this method over core aeration are numerous. There is less mess, no cores in the awn. Another benefit is the liquid can be utilized everywhere, whereas the coring is limited around sprinkler systems, tree roots, etc.