Here's how aeration fits into an optimal lawn care program:
1. Aerate twice a year!
Frequency may vary depending on soil, grass type, and climate. But in most areas, core aerating twice a year is one of the best things you can do for your lawn.
2. Mow with sharp blades.
Dull blades tear your grass, making it more vulnerable to disease. Obey the "one-third rule."
3. Don't cut more than a third of the grass' height at a time.
Mowing short makes for a tidy look, but the lower you mow, the more herbicides and water are needed. Mowing higher encourgages roots to grow deeper.
4. Water deeply, but infrequently.
Overwatering promotes thatch, encourages shallow root growth, and wastes water. About 1" per watering is a good rule of thumb (put out a tuna can and sprinke until it's full). Frequency: when footprints on the grass remain compressed it's time to water again. Daily watering is rarely necessary.
5. Mulch, don't bag.
Not only does this save effort on your part, it returns valuable nitrogen and other nutrients to your lawn.
6. Go easy on the fertilizer!
Not all homeowners fertilize, but those who do have a strong tendency to overdo it. Fertilizer stimulates fast growth, thatch and the need for more mowing, which you don't want (after all, the goal is to have a beautiful and heathy lawn, not to create an arduous lawncare regimen!). And too much fertilizer just runs off, washing into streams and lakes.
7. Stay on top of the weeds.
This doesn't necessarily mean using chemicals. Thick, healthy turf, once established, will tend to choke out weeds. If you only have the odd weed poking through, pull it by hand. And don't jump to full area treatments if you only have a few spot problems.
DR Power Lawn Aerator (0:32)
CAST IRON CRANKSHAFT
The cast-iron crankshaft synchronizes the tines. Each tine is precisely angled to cleanly extract a 5/8" diameter plug of soil and automatically eject it. The tines literally "walk" the machine across your lawn.
How can a coring aerator build turf and lead to a greener lawn?
Aeration is an important piece of a superior lawn maintenance program, and the one that is most often neglected. Coring reduces compaction®the primary obstacle to healthy grass®allowing your lawn to breathe, absorb water and nutrients, and extend its root system.