Lawn aeration is an important but often overlooked aspect of lawn care, especially during the dry winter season. Lawn needs plenty of air, water and nutrients to grow thick, deep and strong roots. A compacted lawn prevents these essentials from getting down to the grass roots. The solution – aerate your lawn!

Not sure if your lawn needs to be aerated? We recommend first checking the density of your soil by inserting a screwdriver into your lawn. If it’s difficult to push the screwdriver down into the ground, then your soil is most likely compacted. Other indicators include signs of thinning or areas where grass is dull in colour.

 

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Soil naturally becomes compacted over time, but this problem can be exacerbated by heavy foot traffic or shaded areas of your lawn. The little rain that falls during winter usually won’t be absorbed because most of the water evaporates.

 

FROST: AN UNLIKELY FRIEND

Frost can relieve soil compaction by an estimated 70%! Frost falls through the new perforations on your lawn and down into the ground where it slowly defrosts, allowing water to soak straight into the soil.

 

HOW TO AERATE YOUR LAWN:

  • You can aerate your lawn with a simple garden fork by pushing the fork about 2-3cm deep into the ground, making sure to move the fork around slightly to widen the holes. We recommend aerating your entire lawn once a year for optimal grass health.

 

  • Aerating your lawn can be an intense and time-consuming task, if you simply don’t have the time to aerate your entire lawn, you can also hire a spike aerator tool to do the hard work for you!

 

  • Once you have successfully aerated your lawn, cover the surface with screened topsoil mixed with compost and water thoroughly. Keep your lawn moist by watering it every 2-3 days for a few weeks after aeration.

 

Within 1-2 weeks you’ll start reaping the rewards of your hard work and be left with a lush, healthy lawn.

Contact us for all your instant lawn needs! Email us on office@evangrass.co.za