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Lawn Aeration Tips

Aerating a Lawn Lawn enthusiasts will go to great lengths, not to mention expense, to work on the top surface of their lawn but totally neglect, and in many cases fail to understand, what is necessary below ground to keep the grass roots healthy and aerated.

In this rather prolonged wet winter, any air you can get into the root zone, the better, but only if ground conditions under foot improve.

I can imagine the soon to be shopping trolleys at the garden centre full of spring lawn feed, sulphate of iron to combat any moss and perhaps some soil and seed to reinstate low and bare patches where the grass may have failed through the year but I somehow feel that spiking is not on most lawn owners to-do list.

Sadly, lawn aeration - some prefer to call it spiking or tining - is the very last thing that gets attention. Maybe because it is a procedure that will not create an instant effect or tangible result in a short space of time.

There are many benefits from aerating your lawn and it is one mechanical task that should be performed throughout the autumn and winter months - in fact monthly throughout the year unless the weather and lawn's surface is very dry and hard.

Aeration should be treated as a proper and essential maintenance procedure which is as important as scarifying or fertilising; aeration is integral to overall lawn performance and a lawn will green up and respond almost instantly after aerating a lawn.

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