Should you aerate sandy soil?
Consequently, how do you aerate your soil?
Soil aeration is usually done either with a plug aerator or a spike aerator. A plug aerator removes actually cylindrical plugs from the soil. A spike aerator pokes holes in the soil with a spike. Most lawn professionals recommend using plug aeration because piercing the soil with spikes may cause more soil compaction.
Furthermore, can you aerate when the ground is wet? For best results, aerate lawns when the soil is moist. Avoid aeration when soils are dry or wet. The tubes or tines will not be able to penetrate deeply when the soil is dry and may get plugged with soil when the soil is wet. Lawns that are properly aerated should have 20 to 40 holes per square foot.
In this regard, when should you not aerate your lawn?
Never aerate dormant lawns. For cool-season grasses common in northern lawns, early fall or early spring are the best times for aerating. For warm-season grasses common to southern lawns, the best time for aerating is late spring or very early summer.
Should I aerate before lime?
M.B.: Always aerate first. You want to make holes in the turf so your lime, fertilizer or grass seed has a place to fall and make good soil contact. Lime and fertilizer can wiggle down into the soil eventually even if you don't aerate, but you should always aerate before you reseed.