You can aerate a lawn with many different tools. The most inexpensive way is with a fork. This tool is most useful for aerating smaller areas. Simply punch holes as deep as possible in the turf layer and then rock the fork to enlarge the holes. Repeat and overlap your path as you move through the lawn.
More expensive aerating lawn tools, called coring machines, are also available. You can rent them from Greenfield or we can pop round and carry out the work for you as they make quick work of the job. Powered aerators rapidly punch holes in the turf and remove plugs, which are deposited on the surface of the lawn.
Water the lawn well before you use any method of aeration or coring. Allow for four weeks of healing time before winter’s cold or summer’s hot fury. If you want to overseed, you should also wait four weeks. Then top dress the area with good quality soil and sow with seed that is appropriate for your area.
Compress the area with a roller, which you can also rent from Greenfield. These are heavy wheeled tools, which compact the earth and ensure seed contact with soil. They can also help smooth bumpy lawns. However, if not done correctly, the rolling process may also increase compaction again, requiring you to aerate the lawn again soon.
Call Greenfield for further advice.