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How to aerate your lawn

Why should you aerate your lawn?

After a harsh and cold winter, your grass/lawn will be desperate for a good rejuvenation. The colder temperatures inhibit growth whilst the potential frosts stop the valuable nutrients from reaching the roots of your grass.

What you need to do is aerate your lawn using one of our petrol lawn aerators. The benefit of aerating a lawn is that it allows air, water and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass, relieves soil compaction and removes unwanted thatch and foreign material.

What most people don’t realise is that A) you don’t need to be a professional gardener to aerate your lawn and B) the equipment to do so is readily available to hire from your local tool hire company.

As you can see from the image below aeration allows larger quantities of oxygen-rich air to reach the roots of your grass and release the carbon dioxide laden air that's trapped within the soil. Aeration also has the benefits of promoting growth by encouraging your roots to grow deep and uptake more nutrients. Aeration will also provide a reduction in the build-up of thatch below the surface whilst also increasing drainage and accessibly for water to reach the grass's roots.


Aerating Your Lawn

Once your lawn is correctly hydrated and freshly cut it is time to being the process of aerating the lawn. Before you start the machine you must first check the fuel level.

General Tips

  1. Before you begin aerating your lawn push a pitch fork (garden fork) into the ground to make sure the soil is at least 10cm (5inches) deep. The fork should go in under a slightly increased force; this means the ground isn’t saturated with water but avoid dry and dehydrate soil as this will cause issues, if necessary water your lawn the day before or aerate the day after a rain shower.
  2. Before aerating your lawn you must make sure your lawn has been trimmed correctly and the grass is short. To achieve this you can hire one of our petrol brush cutters and self-propelled mowers here to achieve a professional finish.
  3. You should remove foreign debris such as rocks, sticks, shrubbery etc. from your lawn before you begin aerating.

Safety Tips

  1. DO NOT operate the aerator on wet lawn or in wet weather.
  2. DO NOT use the aerator on slopes with an angle greater than 20 degrees.
  3. Make sure your grass layers are not situated on a hard-core or rubble base as this will damage the machine.
aerating your lawn

Starting Your Machine:

  1. To start the machine, switch the engine ignition switch to the ‘ON’ position.
  2.  Next turn the fuel tap located on the engine's carburettor to the ‘ON’ position, if the engine is cold or hasn’t operated recently you will need to set the choke lever on the carburettor to the ‘ON’ position.
  3.  Gently pull the engine recoil handle slowly until the mechanism engages then pull hard and fast to start the engine. After the start, return the cord to its original position, DO NOT let it snap back. Once the engine has started and if you have used the choke lever, return this to its ‘OFF’ position after the engine has been running for 5-6 seconds.
  4. Now that the aerator is running position the throttle into the midway position and the lift the operating lever to engage the drive which will start the tines to rotate in their lifted position.
  5.  Next using the central tine control lever, lower the entire lifting board allowing the rotating tine rods to fall into a vertical position above where the tines will begin to penetrate the ground.

As the tines begin to pierce the ground the momentum of this action will slowly pull the aerator along, creating a self-propelled effect.

Using your machine

  1. Make sure you have a firm grip on the machine's handles.
  2. The machines natural mechanical movement will pull the device along your lawn, aerating the surface as it goes. Don’t try to rush this process and with a solid grip slowly walk across your lawn.

For best results tighten your hands around the handlebars about a thumbs length away from where the handles begin to round off.

aerating your lawn

Turning off your machine

Once you have finish aerating your lawn you will need to turn the machine off. To do this switch both the engine ON/OFF switch and fuel tap to the ‘OFF’ position and wait until you are sure the tines are stationary before moving the machine. Take care as to not burn yourself on the exhaust cover as this may still be hot.

Selecting the right tool you need!

Here at Brandon Hire Station we have a dedicated range of lawn care equipment designed specifically for providing you with a professional finish. To hire any of our equipment simply click the links below to be taken through to your desired product.

Petrol Brush Cutter (Perfect for the opening stages of preparing your garden for aerating)
Self-propelled Lawn Mower (ideal for the final stages of preparing your garden for aerating)
Petrol Lawn Aerator


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