If you have never aerated your lawn before, you have certainly noticed its effects. Have you ever noticed those little pill-shaped plugs of soil on golf courses and sports fields in the spring that look like a flock of geese flew overhead? Behold, there is a method to this apparent madness.
Aerating is a great way to ensure the health of your lawn for the coming year. This simple process is easily performed in the amount of time it takes to mow your grass, and can have seriously positive implications for your grass seed. From your friends at Minnesota Equipment, here is everything you need to know about aerator attachments and how to use them.
Why Do You Need to Aerate?
Aerating, put simply, involves placing small slits into the soil (or removing small soil plugs) to allow more moisture and air to circulate near the grassroots. Come springtime, your grass will likely be soggy and spongy from the thawing Minnesota snow. Allowing air to penetrate into the soil can help it dry out and reduce the risk of rotting or plant diseases. Similarly, in the fall, a very dry lawn may need a little circulated moisture to stay verdant as the temperature drops.
These new holes will also allow fresh seed and fertilizer to drop deeper into the soil bed and increase your chances of a lush spring lawn. Remember when you poked holes in a jar to keep bugs or frogs alive? Aeration is the lawncare version of breathing holes.
How to Aerate Your Lawn
The best time to aerate your lawn is in early spring before the major growth spurt occurs. Before aerating, ensure that all weeds are pulled in the aeration zone – failure to do this may result in spreading the weeds further and implanting their seeds deeper into the soil.
Aeration is best when the ground is still moist, ideally after a light rain. This helps the aerator penetrate more easily into the soil.
The process of actually aerating is simple and easy – just position an aerator attachment to your riding or push mower, and cover the entire area of your lawn as if you were mowing it. Note: you should save the mowing itself for another pass for safety purposes instead of doing both at once.
Minnesota Equipment has a variety of aerator attachments depending on the brand of your equipment and the size of your lawn; whether you use Stihl, to Gravely, or John Deere, simply fix the aerator attachment in place using the hitch. Methodically cover the expanse of your lawn, and this simple task will help your lawn breathe easier and promote stronger growth.
If in the fall your yard is worn down from heavy foot traffic, is waterlogged in a low spot, or has a high clay content, perform another aeration to avoid damage.
Your Spring Project Partners – Minnesota Equipment
For clarity regarding the availability, pricing, installation, and use of your aerator attachment, contact the friendly equipment professionals at Minnesota Equipment. Consult the knowledge center at Minnesota Equipment or give us a call today for a professional opinion.
With locations in Rogers, Savage, Isanti, and Ham Lake, the equipment dealers and experts at Minnesota Equipment stand ready to help you acquire the right gear for your lawn project – and put it to use. With best-in-class equipment inventory and helpful, qualified professionals to help answer your inquiries, we can help you tackle any project. Visit us at our website to connect with a professional near you.