When I was a kid, I'd always wonder why the playing field near my house
was periodically covered in little cat poop-sized pellets of sod. Hmm. "Who did this...and why?" I'd muse to myself. Well, I now know the grounds-keeper was aerating the turf to promote healthy grass
For a can't-miss, straight-up explanation of lawn
aeration, check out Extreme How-to's article on the subject
. Yard expert, Matt, explains that the pellets are dug up using a rolling aeration device equipped with tines. As the device is towed along behind a ride-on mower
, it digs into the ground and flips up small pieces of turf and soil
. This lets fresh air and oxygen get at the grass roots, thus encouraging growth.
Lawn aeration devices can be rented or purchase. On a tight budget? You can try a less expensive technique like using a hand-held thatch rake
or buying a pair of these funny-lookin' spiky lawn aerating shoes
. Be aware, however, that seasoned lawn growers are doubtful that they really achieve
much except, in the case of the spiked shoes, giving your neighbors something to laugh about behind your back.