Jobs to do in the garden in May
What does aerating involve?
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction.
Exactly how it works
When moss and matted grass have spread throughout the lawn and even yellow patches have formed, aerating your lawn is the ideal solution. It plucks the weeds out of the ground and ensures that the grassroots are provided with a sufficient supply of oxygen once again.
Aerating done right
Before aerating, your lawn should be freshly mowed and dry. Move the aerator quickly over the lawn in a chessboard pattern. The matted grass on the lawn may subsequently be raked together, and grass seeds can be sown over the bald patches.
When is the right time to aerate my lawn?
Aerating your lawn should be done every year at least once. You can aerate at any time but especially in the weeks leading up to you applying any fertilizer. You should avoid any times that may be leading to very cold or dry weather. Do not aerate if the ground appears to be frozen.