Lawn Repair
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Aeration
An alternative method to aerate a lawn

Lawn Coring Alternatives

In most cases, the best possible method of coring a lawn is always the Coring Machine.

With each tine that enters the soil, a plug is removed, allowing for the greatest possible level of water, nutrient and oxygen absorption. The benefits of using a Coring Machine will continue for a long period of time afterward, while the holes take time to refill themselves. Even after refilling, the same original holes will continue to be far easier flowing for the absorption and flow of soil nutrients, water and oxygen.

Sometimes, due to cost restrictions, or size restrictions of the lawn area, alternative methods may be considered to aerate our lawns. With these methods, we can no longer refer to the process as coring, because we are not taking "cores" or plugs from the soil. The parent term for the process is Aeration, and that's the term we must use for these processes.


Lawn Aeration With A Garden Fork

For small areas of turf, a garden fork can be used as an aeration method.

Dig the fork into the soil at least 10cm, now move the fork back and forth to create some nice large holes, while really disturbing the soil underneath the lawn. Breaking up the soil is what needs to be done to remove the effects of compaction. Repeat the process at a maximum of 10 cm apart.

The method will leave the top of the lawn in a bit of a mess, but that's good, the job really needs to be done properly in order to be effective. Don't worry too much, after one or two mowings, the lawn will return to its regular state of appearance.

Follow this up with lawn mowing if necessary, ensuring to remove the lawn clippings.


Lawn Aeration With A Spiked Roller

A spiked roller is a steel cylinder containing spikes on the cylinder, a long handle is attached from the sides of the cylinder, it can be hired from most hire shops for a reasonable price.

It's a very easy method for lawn aeration, simply roll the Spiked roller over the lawn. Because the spikes extrude from a round cylinder, as the roller progresses over the lawn, its spikes in the soil actually break up the soil as it moves. The same process will also rip into the thatch layer of the lawn, pulling some of the thatch to the surface of the lawn.

Due to its ease of use, a couple or even a few passes will ensure a thorough and good quality job, with minimum effort.

Follow this up with lawn mowing if necessary, ensuring to remove the lawn clippings.


Lawn Fertiliser and Wetting Agents

Providing we've done the hard work and really broken up the soil underneath the lawn, and left plenty of nice sized holes, it's time to finish the job to get the greatest benefit from our work. So while we've got the soil open, lets get some good things right into the soil, and into the root zone at this prime opportunity.


Fertilise
Use a good quality lawn fertiliser, and follow the manufacturers application rates, over fertilising can damage lawns and the environment, with no added benefit to the turf,

Wetting Agents
Aids in the water flow, water distribution, and water retention of the soil. Apply these to manufacturers directions, it doesn't matter if the dosage is exceeded because Wetting Agents cannot damage a lawn.

Water
Finish by giving the newly aerated lawn a good watering.


Caution:
Always be aware of, and watch out for sprinklers and reticulation pipes.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Winter Lawn Care Beautiful Winter Lawns Having a great looking lawn...
IMAGE
Shady Area By Kate Wall 'New Content' Even the best laid lawn can...
IMAGE
Fertilisers can cause environmental damage Environmental Impact Of...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Buffalo Seed Heads The Problems of Buffalo Lawn Going To Seed One of...
IMAGE
Top Dressing Uneven Lawns The Problem Of Uneven Lawns Uneven lawns...
IMAGE
Dog urine burning lawn Dogs Urine Burning Lawns The problem of lawn...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
When to water lawns Water Requirements For Lawns Generally speaking,...
IMAGE
Adjusting From Excessive Watering Reducing Excessive Water Usage We...
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Push Lawn Mower Introduction to Push Mowers The push lawn mower is a...
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights Deciding On Lawn Mowing Heights Choosing the...
IMAGE
28" MEY Commercial cylinder mower Cylinder Lawn Mowers Cylinder lawn...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Dollar Spot (Sclerotinia homeocarpa) Dollar Spot Disease Dollar Spot...
IMAGE
Petty Spurge How To Kill Petty Spurge Petty Spurge is a common weed...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall A large part of a well-kept lawn is weed...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Sir Walter soft leaf Buffalo Sir Walter Soft Leaf Buffalo Sir Walter...
IMAGE
Durban Grass Characteristics of Durban Grass A old favourite lawn in...
IMAGE
Soft Leaf Buffalo Lawn Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass Once upon a time,...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Solutions to repair problems in our home lawns, including repairing thatch, scalped lawns, lawn coring, dead lawn patches and improving lawn soil
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Bowling Greens are watered once a week and mowed twice a day.
They can do this because they water very heavily and deeply, resulting in the lawn sending down very deep roots past the evaporation level, so the lawn always has access to adequate water.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
lawn grubs and disease control video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
A Healthy Lawn Prevents Lawn Problems When we're aiming to reduce the environmental impacts of...
IMAGE
Fix Lawn Problems As Quickly As Possible Reducing the use of chemical treatments and reducing...
IMAGE
Using Artificial Fertilisers In Organic Lawn Care The principles of organic lawn care involve...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
Zoysia and Winter Are Not Good Friends The one single drawback which stops Zoysia being the...
IMAGE
Roadsides are perfect for Zoysia Zoysia - The Great Choice For Low & Medium Use Government...
IMAGE
Zoysia Lawn Seed Zoysia grass can be grown into a home lawn by many different methods. It can...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...
IMAGE
Lawn Club is a new lawn care, lawn mowing, and gardening contractors business information...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information