How to Use Aerators to Help Your Lawn Thrive

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Here at Eagle Rentals, we want to help you keep your lawn in the best possible condition, and we offer the tools to help you do that. When it comes to making your lawn thrive, one of the best tools for the job is an aerator. Aerating your lawn involves creating small holes in the soil that allow air, water, and nutrients to more easily reach the roots of your grass. This allows the grass to grow stronger and be more resistant to damage from foot traffic. In this article, we’ll go over how to use aerators so that you can easily make use of these great tools.

Using aerators on dry soil is largely ineffective

  • Choose the Right Aerator– There are two types of aerators: those that use spikes and those that use plugs. Spike aerators simply poke holes into the soil with metal tines, while plug aerators actually remove a core of soil from the lawn. The latter option is preferable because it prevents soil compaction and allows for greater circulation. You can find these aerators here at Eagle Rentals.
  • Make Sure Lawn is Damp– Using aerators on dry soil is largely ineffective, so we at Eagle Rentals recommend waiting until the day following a rain shower before aerating your lawn, or watering your grass the night before you intend to begin. Soil that’s slightly moist will loosen more easily, saving you time and frustration.
  • Make Multiple Passes– Most aerators are designed to cover only a small amount of surface area per pass, so you’ll likely have to make multiple passes to get the results you’re looking for. Of course, there may be some areas of your lawn that won’t be affected by the aerator plugs at all, and we at Eagle Rentals recommend saving your energy by leaving those areas alone. Instead, spend your effort on the most densely compacted areas, because those are the spots that need the most help with the circulation of nutrients.