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Video: Air Lawn
2023 Author: Hannah Pearcy | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 03:36
Lawn felt between the blades of grass cuts off the turf from light and air: nutrients and rainwater are difficult to penetrate to the root layer and thus hinder the healthy growth of your lawn. It makes sense to remove the lawn felt from dead grass, weeds and moss right at the beginning of the growing season of the lawn.
When should I air the lawn?
In terms of the year, spring is the best time to air the lawn - now the growth phase begins and with aerification you prepare the lawn optimally. But the lawn itself also shows you when you should ventilate it again! If puddles form in places in the lawn, this indicates a compacted surface. Moss in the lawn or clover indicate that the turf is poorly ventilated and too damp.
Practical tip: To achieve the best results with the lawn aerator, choose a day when the ground is damp - neither bone dry nor cardboard wet!
Against felt: air the lawn
A lawn fan helps against lawn felt - but only if it is used regularly. Its wire brackets gently comb grass clippings and moss nests from the lawn - ideal for continuous lawn care throughout the year. To ventilate a heavily matted lawn at the start of the season, you should scarify the area thoroughly first.
Garden tools in the test
- Petrol mower with drive
- Ride-on mowers / lawn tractors
- Scarifier test
A scarifier's sturdy knives cut the lawn felt between the blades of grass and rake it out. The correct height adjustment of the scarifier is important: So that the root system is not destroyed, the scarifier's knives may only scratch the ground a few millimeters. Scarify the lawn carefully lengthways AND crosswise, the removed lawn felt is swept off and placed on the compost. Practical tip: Even if your lawn now looks badly plowed up, your lawn is now optimally prepared for ventilation, maintenance, fertilizer and reseeding.
Practical tip: In early spring, immediately after the snow melts, the lawn felt is particularly easy to remove! A hand scarifier or a simple rake is sufficient to aerate the lawn. Even a leaf broom or rake gently aerates the lawn. The work is time consuming, but not particularly strenuous due to the damp floor.
Aerate the lawn
The ventilation of the ground also helps your lawn to stay healthy. If rainwater seeps away quickly without waterlogging, fungi and mosses have a hard time spreading in the lawn. Put simply, about 200 holes about 10 cm deep (per square meter) are made in the lawn. This aerating of the lawn, called aerification, is a valuable initiative, particularly in the case of fat and compacted soil (lawn areas that are frequently walked on).
Special aerification forks with wooden tines punch small earth cones out of the ground, which ensure deep ventilation. Practical tip: You can achieve comparable results with a normal fork or digging fork! Then you should fill the holes with sand. The sand acts as a drainage and reliably prevents waterlogging. In addition, the sand is transported by earthworms into the surrounding soil - the soil becomes leaner overall over time!
Repeat this lawn cure regularly: monthly for heavily used (= heavily compacted) lawn areas - once a year for pure lawn areas.
You can also give your lawn a treat by perforating the turf with special nail shoes. During (power-consuming) running, the metal pins on the underside of the nail shoes press into the lawn and aerate it. Practical tip: You can easily build nail shoes yourself! A piece of decking or similar punch through with long nails and simply attach with a strap under the garden shoes!
Sand the lawn
It is also worth sanding the lawn in terms of surface: unevenness is filled in, the seepage performance of the soil is improved overall. You should spread about 5 liters of sand per square meter on the ventilated lawn: with a street or leaf broom, the sand is quickly evenly distributed between the blades of grass. Finally, the sand bed also offers ideal germination conditions for newly sown lawn seeds!
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