How to Aerate Your Garden


Learn simply and easy steps to aerating your garden for spring planting.

What is Soil Aeration? In plain English, literally poking holes in the ground allowing water, air and nutrients to be absorbed by the roots of your plants, roots have trouble penetrating soil. Aeration should be done twice a year, spring and fall although anytime is good for your lawn and garden.

Twist Aerator This type of aerator uses deep angled claws to break up very hard packed soil. This tool has a center step plate that you simply step on and use your body's weight to make the holes then pull up allowing air into the ground. Purchase one with extra long handles to reduce the twisting effect. An aerator can also be used to blend fertilizers and mulches, mixing compost and makes for a good hole digger too.

Core Aerator This type of aerator reduces compaction of thatch to allow air, water and fertilizers down into the roots, it also stimulates root growth by pruning them and bringing natural micro - organism to the surfaces. Core aeration reduces water run - off to strengthen roots making them more tolerant to drought and heat. If your soil has particular high clay content a Spike Aerator will probably work best. Water ground thoroughly to soften the soil before beginning aeration.

Spike Aerator


Rotary Cultivator


Terra Tiller

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Tips & Warnings

  • When purchasing aeration garden tools it is important to know what you are buying them for, what they do and the correct way to use them. An aeration tool in your garden shed is equally as important as your garden hand trowel. Choose garden aerators and tillers made of solid steel construction for durability. Three are other garden tools needed to make your garden a show place are the aerator, cultivator and a garden tiller, each tool comes in a smaller version for small gardens.
  • As with all tools always be careful and wear proper clothing and always wear gardening gloves when using tillers or aerators

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