Aerating the Garden

Aeration is known as the process that is used to remove “plugs” of soil from your garden. Aerating creates spaces for air, water and nutrients for the soil. This process is proven to be essential for plants and the compacted soil. Aeration is also essential to reduce thatch problems

Warning  Signs that you need to Aerate

  • Worn areas where people walk often
  • Water puddles after irrigating
  • Water runs off after only a few minutes of watering
  • Beds that just can’t seem to keep moist

Important Tips

  • When aerating you should always strive for 3 to 4 inches
  • When the soil is heavy clay, it stays compacted so it is important to aerate to help improve the water penetration.
  • Compacted areas is where the water tends to puddle and create an issue

Why is it Important to Aerate?

  • Aeration improves the flow of water
  • Encourages plants to root more deeply, promoting healthier growth and greater drought tolerance
  • Controls thatch by increasing the activity of micro organisms that help in decomposition


Best time to Aerate

The best time to aerate is during growing season.

How to Aerate?

  • The soil plugs that are found from the garden should be given time to dry and then they should be broken up
  • When you are finished, you can improve your garden by top dressing with 5mm of compost, by covering over the turf with the compost to loosely fill the aeration holes

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