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How to Aerate a Lawn - How, Why, and When to Aerate - Lawn Aeration

welcome back guys it's the tight wide

and let's talk about

core aeration every year

the guy who treats my lawn offers core

aeration to me at the low low price

of about 300 did you know that you can

buy your own

core aerator for less than that that

pulls behind almost

any riding lawnmower my brother-in-law

have one

and we try to aerate every year this

year

we needed a new part for the aerator and

i ordered it in

late april and it just now came in in

june

which is less than ideal ideally you

would aerate your yard in

april when the ground is nice and wet

from the winter rain but you can see

that since we've had a few days of rain

we were still able to

aerate the lawn in june which is

sometimes rare

today i'm going to tell you the how when

and why you should aerate your lawn

and we'll discuss some of the different

types of tools you can use to do it

this is the style pull behind model that

we use for doing our core aeration you

simply hook it to the back of a

lawnmower or a golf cart or four wheeler

and pull it around your lawn

and i have some video footage of that

that i'll share with you later

this style is very affordable you can

actually get one for right around two

hundred dollars which again is cheaper

than

what they were going to charge me to do

it for me once

another option is a self-propelled walk

behind

core aerator but these cost around two

thousand dollars or more

so they're much more economical to rent

and the third type is a spike aerator i

do not recommend this type as it doesn't

pull anything out and in my opinion just

compacts the ground

around where the spikes go in even more

so i feel like these are even

counterproductive

i pulled up a local rental company's

rates to just to see how much it would

cost

and i feel like this is a project you

could easily do in half of a day

so for the walk behind self-propelled

you could get it for about 59

a day for the kind that i use in the

video they're about 39

for half a day and then for the spike

which i don't recommend

or about 22 dollars a day so renting is

an

economical option before you start

aerating it's a good idea to mark

all of your sprinkler heads or your

irrigation system

with flags so that you don't run over it

because it will definitely

punch holes in it and damage the

sprinkler heads

i'm currently at my brother-in-law's

house and you can see that he has some

brown

spots in this bermuda here and i've got

the same going on in my lawn it's pretty

common this time of year

for older bermuda lawns and it's called

dollar spot

i have another video that i'll link on

the screen right now at the top right

corner

showing how to prevent this from

spreading even more

they don't recommend that you try to

prevent it all together because it could

be a waste of chemicals and

unnecessary chemicals being spread but

at the first signs of dollar spot these

little

small silver dollar size circles

you can spread some fungicide and it'll

prevent it from spreading and then

bermuda is extremely hardy and resilient

and

it will grow back in very quickly once

the disease

stops spreading but aeration does help

prevent disease and bermuda lawns here's

a look of the core aerator that we use

it's the full behind model and you can

see i used two bags of mulch on top

and they actually have some plate

weights underneath them to provide

additional weight to get the spikes down

into the ground so you will want to add

weight when using the pull behind

i did multiple passes up here by the

road because this is the part of my lawn

that dries out the fastest in those hot

july and august months

last year it got so hot and we had so

little rain that

this area actually died a lot of it died

and it's grown back in

it's june 10th or 11th now

and that whole area has already grown

back in really well so

bermuda is so great at repairing itself

when it's damaged

but you do have to take care of it i

wanted to show you the difference of the

two

sizes of plugs that we have this is

about an inch long

and this one is two and a half to three

inches long this is the size that's

ideal

for core aeration this size is better

than nothing

but this is really what's going to get

it down to the roots where the water and

nutrients can

get down in there and sustain the

bermuda you can see my grass on the top

here

and then this is all the way down to the

roots so in april

when the ground is nice and soft you can

get this

size in june when i'm doing it now we

did have

three days of rain so it softened but

you're

going to get more of this size here

aeration is never a bad thing it's

always going to be beneficial

in a bermuda lawn you don't need to do

it multiple times a year

you can do it once or possibly twice a

year golf courses

do it more often because of the type of

grass and the

closeness that they cut and the amount

of fertilizer that they use

but for a typical homeowner once a year

is plenty

so this is in a more shaded area of my

home and you can see

just the way that these personal

core aerators work it comes in at an

angle here

and then twists like this and then pulls

out so you're going to get these cut

marks in your lawn

which is okay again it's going to grow

back in but i just wanted you to know

that

you can expect this in your wetter areas

to have this what looks like damaged

lawn where it just kind of rips some of

the grass up like this

but that's okay because it's still

providing areas

for the nutrients in the water to get

down and that's the whole

point of it this will grow back in

healthier and stronger now that we've

done this and you can see down here

where the ground's wetter

this is more of the bigger

chunks they're pretty pervasive through

this area because the ground was

the right wetness there's some more here

and that's again what you would get in

april

so i'm going to let these dry out i'll

give them until later in the day today

we're supposed to have some good sun

today and then i'll come back

with the mulching attachment on my mower

and mulch them up

and let them go back into the ground

there's no reason to rake all these up

unless you're going to top dress which

is typically a mixture of sand and

topsoil

to fill in all the holes nice fresh

loose

dirt that water can permeate easily but

for me i'm just going to mulch them up

or pulverize them as walter reeves would

say

and let them go back down into the

ground

it's been about 40 days since i aerated

and you can see there are no more

holes in the ground everything is grown

back in my dollar spot has greatly

diminished

since then and so i just wanted to

review a couple of things i do recommend

that you either go in with a

neighbor and purchase your own pull

behind core aerator

maybe go in with two or three neighbors

and you can get it down to the cost of

the rental for one day

and if that's not an option you can

always rent it and split the cost with a

few neighbors

for the full day rental and knock out

several yards we did

both of our yards and about two hours

another option is renting one of the

walk behinds if you don't have a riding

mower

the walk behinds are probably the most

effective

of the aerators that i've seen and

they're not too expensive to rent again

if you're going to do a few yards

the ideal time to aerate is in march or

april

when the grass first starts greening up

and that's what because that's when the

ground is the softest

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