Hound Dog Spike Aerator
Hound Dog Turf Hound
Do you have water that stands and doesn’t sink-in, or fertilized grass that doesn’t green up? Does part of your lawn look flatter than the rest of the lawn? You may have compacted soil that needs to be aerated. The problem is worst in clay soil areas in times of weather stress. By aerating your lawn, you infuse it with much needed water, oxygen and nutrients.
The first step to repair the lawn is to test for fertilizer, lime or sulfur needs, and apply as recommended. Your garden center can help you with this or contact your local Agriculture Department Extension Services to obtain test kits.
Raise your mowing height to a height of 2” – 2.5”. For four weeks, wait and watch for improvement. If this doesn’t improve conditions, you need to aerate your lawn.
For smaller areas, you can use a manual aerator, such as the Hound Dog Spike Aerator. With it’s ergonomic handle and four hollow pipes, plunge tines into the lawn to remove cores of soil. Drench the lawn one day and use the aerator the next.
Walk back and forth across the lawn in a pattern that ensures that you cover each area only once, and leave cores where they fall. Crush up the soil cores and add compost or peat moss if necessary to make enough mix to fill in the holes. Use a gloved hand or the back of a garden bow rake to fill the holes and make them level with the ground.
Fertilize once with a slow-release turf grass formula and resume your regular watering schedule. Avoid mowing for at least three weeks, or longer if the grass is slow to grow.
For clay type soils, we recommend the Hound Dog Turf Hound.