Lawn aeration is one of the most important operations and a vital ingredient for
a healthy vigorous lawn. This task is carried out with a lawn aerator which creates
air channels into the root zone allowing air to pass into the soil. A lawn aerator
can be either a hand held tool such as a garden fork or a complex powered machine.
Which ever type you use the objective is exactly the same, which is to increase the
amount of air space in the soil or root zone, very important for a healthy lawn.
This has the following benefits for the lawn:
- Relieves compaction.
- Reduce thatch build up and helps with the breakdown of thatch.
- Improves drainage.
- Increases drought resistance.
- Promotes desirable grass species such as Bent & Fescue.
- Hollow tining helps to improve the soil structure when used in conjunction
with top dressing.
For more information on the benefits of this lawn care task please visit our
lawn aeration page.
|The two most common tines
used, on the left a hollow tine and on the right a solid
There are many types of lawn aeration used throughout the turf care industry,
some use conventional tines, others inject air and water into the soil. However we
will concentrate on the two most common operations used on lawns, these are solid
tining and hollow tining.
- Solid tining - Also known as spiking is the most common
type of lawn aeration and can be carried out with a garden fork or purpose
built lawn aerator. This type of aeration does not remove any spoil, it just
creates air channels into to root zone. The depth of penetration can be varied
depending on what want to achieve, a typical depth being about 4 inches or
- Hollow tining - This type of aeration actually removes
cores of thatch/soil from the lawn and is often carried out as part of an
autumn lawn care program. Ideal for a thatch removal program and prior to top
dressing a lawn. More labour intensive than spiking as the spoil has to removed
from the lawn.
For more information on the timing and benefits of these two lawn aeration
techniques please visit our lawn aeration page.