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An aerator tool can improve the flow of water, air, and nutrients to your lawn. It is a way to combat problems with soil compaction and excessive thatch. When soil is compacted, it feels hard and dry. High-traffic areas are subject to soil compaction. Uneven growth and poor drainage are other signs that soil could benefit from aeration. If you have cool-season grass (such as fescue or bluegrass), aerate your lawn in early spring or early fall. If you have warm-season grass (e..g, Bermuda), aerate in the late spring or early summer. Clay soil needs more frequent aeration than sandy soil. Choose a morning when the soil is moist but not too wet. Take into consideration other lawn care activities, such as weed control and mowing, when deciding when to aerate.

Key Takeaways:

  • Aerating your lawn is the process of punching holes in it with a special tool to optimize the flow of water, air, and nutrients to the grass.
  • One time to aerate is when turf problems, such as dry or hard soil, arise.
  • Aeration is also good for lawns that tend to be in high-traffic areas.

“Aeration schedules differ for lawns depending on grass type, soil, and usage habits.”

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