Your lawn is composed on thousands of plants – grass. Like you, your grass needs water, nutrients and sun shine. Aerating your lawn enables water and nutrients to enter deeply into the soil. This also helps reduce the amount of lawn watering you will need.
What to do?
Step 1: Before you start aerating, make sure you have watered your lawn well and that the soil is not too dry when you go to work. It is also good that the grass is short. Both will make the task easier and less debris left afterward.
Step 2: Make sure to mark any sprinkler heads, irrigation or drainage pipes or power lines that are too shallow before aerating or scarifying, to avoid breaking them as you pass over them.
Step 3: Aeration should be done depending on the degree of caking that the soil has in each part of the garden. For areas where it is very severe, it is advisable to run the machine several times
Step 4: Aeration is best done in two passes, the second perpendicular to the first, so that they intersect.
Note: Aeration process makes a real mess on your lawn. Don’t worry, it will recover fairly quickly, especially if you have done so in the spring or fall, which is when it is strongest and grows most vigorously.
Step 5: When finished, remove any remaining debris with a flexible tine rake or use a mower to pick-up any remaining debris.