best way to aerate lawn

As nice as it would be to have a beautiful lawn with very little effort, there are lawn care and maintenance jobs that you need to do to achieve that perfect, luscious green lawn. One of the most overlooked jobs when it comes to lawn care is lawn aeration. People either can't be bothered to do it or don't think it makes much difference (which couldn't be further from the truth!) Aeration plays a key role in making sure that water and nutrients can get to the roots of your lawn.

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Soil aeration is an important part of a long-term lawn care regime. Footfall and heavy rain causes soil to become compacted over time, and tightly-packed soil makes it difficult for moisture and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.

Aeration is a good way to combat this problem. By spiking small holes in your lawn, you loosen up the earth and make it easier for air and water to flow through the soil.

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Over the course of the wintertime, heavy rain and adverse weather can take its toll on your garden, leaving your lawn looking boggy and soggy and leaving you in quite the quagmire of your own.

To help ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition, follow these top tips from the experts and keep your lawn above water this winter.

 

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Preventing a Muddy Lawn in Winter

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure – not to mention, in the case of gardening, far easier to implement!

That being said, in order to prevent a muddy lawn, it’s important to understand what causes a muddy lawn. This is usually down to a small handful of reasons, usually relating to poor drainage.

Muddy lawns are often the result of compaction, a poor root system or uneven lawns. Fortunately, none of these presents your lawn with a death sentence and there are simple solutions to all of these issues.

 

Aerating Your Lawn

Areas of high footfall can suffer from compacted soil due to the high level of traffic walking over it. As a result, the tightly packed soil leaves rainwater with nowhere to drain, leaving the water to rest on the surface where it becomes boggy.

Common in clay soil, compaction can be remedied by regular aeration. This allows air and water to flow deeper into the soil, enhancing the soils water uptake, strengthening roots and reducing water run-off as a result.

 

Level the Playing Field

If waterlogging is occurring as a result of an uneven lawn, you will need to level off your lawn surface to prevent such instances reoccurring. Mildly uneven lawns can be evened out over time using a simple topdressing at a rate of half an inch each attempt.

For larger areas of uneven grass, you may want to try the “sweep under the carpet” method. As the name suggests this simply means cutting out the piece of turf which is uneven and packing underneath to make it level.

If the problem area is larger than one square foot, it’s worth cutting multiple patches of sod to avoid breaking the removed patch. Once removed, fill the gap with enough topsoil to leave the surface level once the sod has been replaced.

 

Treating a Muddy Lawn in Winter

Before taking any action to fix your soggy grass, it’s important to make sure that your lawn isn’t completely waterlogged to begin with.

Use a broom to brush off as much excess surface water as possible by brushing towards the edges of your lawn. If the weather is good, you may want to leave it thereafter to allow additional surface water to evaporate.

Be sure to avoid walking on the lawn during this time as well as this can only worsen the effects of your lawn, causing turf to become damaged even further.

 

For more winter garden tips or for professional garden services this winter, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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With summer now officially here, outdoor fun, garden play and general sunny shenanigans are immediately promoted up the list of evening and weekend activities.

As such, it’s time to turn our attention to the garden and, more specifically, prepping it for the impending summertime socials.

To ensure your garden has you walking on sunshine this summer and not trudging through sludge, soil aeration is a great place to start.

 

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What is soil aeration?

Compacted soil can hinder its absorption of vital nutrients needed for healthy growth and vitality. As such, soil aeration is a vital component when it comes to maintaining a healthy lawn.

Aeration methods help perforate the ground, providing better ventilation by loosening up the soil and reducing the soil density.

This allows for better access to oxygen, water and nutrients, providing a better opportunity for growth, enhancing drainage and boosting fertility.

Aeration also helps prevent lawn disease and the nutritional benefits of the spiking can help your lawn become stronger, with better-developed roots and a heightened drought tolerance.

 

Why aerate your lawn?

Most British gardens made up of silt, sand and loam soils will benefit greatly from occasional aeration; however, for clay soil, it can be a virtual pre-requisite.

Clay soil is easily compactible and notorious for its poor drainage. As such, aeration can make all the difference.

Footfall can naturally compact lawn soil, necessitating the need for aeration. For clay soil gardens, this footfall can be particularly traumatic and leave a literal lasting impression.

If you plan on having a herd of family and friends stampeding your lawn this summer, be sure to keep your lawn in fighting shape by strategic aeration throughout the year.

 

How to aerate your lawn

To aerate your lawn, use a fork to pierce holes into your grassy surface and gently rock back and forth to loosen the ground underneath.

Continue this process in a uniform fashion across the entire garden surface until you have covered your whole area of lawn.

You may want to make multiple passes over the most compacted areas of your lawn to ensure the problem areas have been effectively covered.

If a fork is unavailable, this process can also be achieved using a spade; however, a fork is preferable. For the best results, seek out a special lawn aerator – these are widely available in both step and roller form.

 

Professional Lawn Aeration Services

While you can aerate your own lawn to help keep your grass healthy, there’s nothing quite like a professional service to breathe some life back into your grass.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we offer comprehensive aeration and spiking services that are both effective and affordable.

Using professional equipment and expert knowledge, we can give your garden a shot in the proverbial arm that will keep it alive and kicking no matter you have planned for it this summer.

 

For more information on how to improve soil aeration and our professional lawn aeration services, drop us a line today on 0800 111 4958 or click the button below to request a FREE lawn survey.

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Small garden lawn

Even if you have a relatively small garden, it's still important to keep your lawn in tip-top condition. Maybe even more important; after all, the smaller the space, the less room there is to hide imperfections!

An unkempt lawn can be very obvious in a modestly-sized garden - that's the bad news. The good news is that a confined space also means a smaller surface area to cover, making lawn maintenance considerably easier.

Better still, there are a few insider hacks for looking after a small lawn, making matters even simpler! Read on to discover our top 5 lawn care tips for a small garden.

 

Small Lawn Care Tips

When it comes to small garden lawns, there are a number of ways to get the most out of it without breaking the bank or your back. Here are our top tips to help your small garden lawn make a big impression.

Get some air

Aerating your lawn may be an alien concept to some British homeowners, yet it's also one that's well worth familiarising yourself with - especially if you own a small garden.

Small gardens are susceptible to waterlogging due to compacted soil. This can not only lead to unsightly boggy patches but can also cause your grass to wilt, yellow and potentially die if not treated. Luckily, the premature demise of your grass can be easily avoided by simple aeration.

But wait, "what is aeration?" we hear you ask.

Aeration is simply the act of ventilating your lawn and all that requires is a good old-fashioned forking! Simply drive a garden fork into your grass around 10cm deep and loosen the soil by rocking back and for. Repeat the process across the lawn for complete lawn aeration.

Path to glory

Tiles are a great way to make your garden look bigger. Call it an optical illusion, call it cheating, call it what you will - we call it effective and is the second lawn care tip we have for your small garden!

Installing a winding footpath with garden paving slabs can break up your garden design, creating designated space for feature areas, e.g. flower beds, ponds or even storage. Meanwhile, using light-coloured tiles can also help make your garden seem more spacious.

Patches of grass that receive regular footfall are also more likely to display signs of wear and tear, often becoming bare over time. The addition of a footpath can help sidestep this unsightly eventuality and keep your garden green on the right path.

Be smart

For modest gardens, space is precious and every metre counts. Unfortunately, storage areas can take up a lot of that space. If your garden is already 'fun-size' to begin with, a bulky shed could effectively monopolise your garden. Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 lawn points.

Luckily, there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone (not that we condone bird violence in your garden). If you need an outdoor container to keep your garden bits and bobs, it's well worth investing in space-saving storage.

Clever storage containers allow you to save space and increase the size of your lawn in the process. From benches that double up as storage chests to wall brackets for hanging your garden essentials, these ingenious solutions can extend your lawn considerably, giving your lawn more space to thrive.

Choose wisely

For many Brits, grass is grass - overlooked, undervalued and rarely given a second thought. However, choosing the right type of grass can make a big difference to your lawn, particularly if you have a small garden.

Small gardens are often situated in confined housing areas where lack of light and sun exposure can be an issue. If this sounds familiar, it's important to opt for a grass seed that can handle the conditions.

Speciality grass mix is available on the market specifically aimed at shaded lawns with limited sun exposure. Similarly, there are also seed varieties that are tailor-made for certain soils, and even grass designed for surfaces that receive a lot of wear and tear. So, ensuring you have the right type of grass is the lawn care tip for your small garden.

Shape up

Shaping your garden into a designated area can be a great way to separate the grass from the perimeter, providing a logical and aesthetically pleasing rim to your lawn. It can also present the perfect area for you to create a beautiful border with flowerbeds, hedges and plants.

Definition can not only make your lawn more attractive to look at from a presentation point of view, but it can also help from a practical standpoint as well. Awkward slivers of grass can be tough to trim, so don't feel the need to seed every square inch of your garden.

Garden shaping can be done simply by using a shovel or a half-moon edging spade to neatly trim the edges. This can instantly turn your lawn into a well-defined feature rather than an overlooked grassy base. Further definition can be achieved by adding a tiled or bricked border if desired; however, this can eat up valuable space.

And there we have it, our top lawn care tips for small gardens! Be sure to try and test out any of the above recommendations to keep your small patch of lawn in check and looking good all year round.

For more information on lawn maintenance and keeping your small garden looking its best, call Lawn & Weed Expert on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, why not let our experts take a closer look? Request a FREE lawn survey today and find a solution that's exclusive to you.

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