How to: Aerate a lawn

If you’re after the perfect lawn, improving drainage should definitely be part of your grass-care routine. It’s a once-a-year task that you won’t regret completing. The process is called lawn aeration, which may sound a little complicated, but it couldn’t be simpler.

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The easiest way to improve drainage is with a garden fork. Plunge the fork into the ground all over your lawn, going as deep as possible every 30cm or so. This will encourage grass root growth and generally make everything look healthier.

Banish moss:

Get rid of moss with a special treatment. You’ll find several options available in-store and they’re all easy to apply. The treatments kill the moss, but do no harm to the grass. In fact, as soon as the moss dies your grass will begin to look healthier.

If you’ve only got a small amount of moss, use a spring-tine rake to remove it from your lawn (called scarifying). This stops the moss smothering the grass, giving it a chance to grow.

Top dress:

Brush top-dressing over the surface of your lawn to get rid of lumps and bumps. Top dressing is a mix of soil, sand and well-rotted compost, although you’ll find pre-mixed bags in-store. The process also encourages grass to thicken and put down more roots.

Apply two lots of top-dressing, allowing a couple of days between each – this will allow the mixture to settle into any holes and dips. Top-dress twice a year – once in the spring and once in the autumn.