Aerating your lawn is the process of reducing soil compaction. Compaction is when the top few inches of soil in your yard becomes compressed with the thatch. When you aerate your yard, the soil has holes added by punching metal spikes into the ground. You can aerate your yard with a mechanical tool or you can make a homemade aerator lawn tool, such as using an old pair of golf shoes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Golf shoes
- Metal golf spikes
- Garden hose
Remove the plastic cleats from the bottom of the golf shoes. Turn them to the left by hand or use the tool that came with the cleats to remove them.
Insert the metal gold spikes into the bottom of the golf shoes. Use the tool that came in the package to tighten and secure the metal spikes.
Lightly water your yard with a garden house. This will moisten the ground and make the aeration process easier.
Take the golf shoes outside and sit on the edge of your back porch or deck and then put the golf shoes on your feet.
Walk in a slow pace over your yard in a specific pattern. This can be from front to back or from side to side. Use a bit of force when you step down to make sure the spikes are puncturing the soil.
Repeat this process as often as necessary to aerate your yard.
Tips and warnings
- Press a screwdriver down into the ground. If it is hard to push into the ground the yard will need to be aerated.
- You can buy special aeration shoes for your yard if you do not want to use golf shoes.
- Walking with golf shoes to aerate your yard is a good way to get exercise.
- If you walk too lightly the spikes on the golf shoes may not puncture the ground sufficiently.
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