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Question: need aeration?

I have a problem on my lawn (I think) English, at the base of the lawn I find (caused over the years) a thick felting (cushion effect), which when I go to cut it low, it is not green but yellow unlike if it is I'm going to cut a little higher than normal (about 4 cm) I see it green.

I ask you what I can do to restore my lawn without damaging it with any aeration, which would take off the felt, but I have the impression that by doing this I would find myself a lawn that will no longer seem such.

Thanks for the help you can give me.


Lawn aeration: Answer: aeration

Dear Leonardo,

as you well said, your lawn needs some aeration: this operation is very healthy for the turf, as it removes all the dry leaves and the material that is deposited at the base of the blades of grass, which therefore do not receive enough light, since they are obscured by decaying waste material. In addition to this, felt tends to become almost impermeable over the years, or better: it creates a thick and porous layer, which absorbs water, preventing it from penetrating into the ground, and therefore going to water the seedlings that make up the turf. Various types of tools are available on the market for aerating, starting from similar pitchforks, up to equipment equipped with an internal combustion engine; It is clear that the wider your lawn, the better it would be to use a tool that is simple and light to use. Generally in large enough hobby shops they rent electric or petrol engines, which you can use for an afternoon. A good quality tool allows you to clean the lawn from felt more quickly, making fewer tastes, and it gives you greater security as regards the safety of the blades of grass, which will not be scrambled or damaged.

After removing the felt, in September, it would also be advisable to spread soil for turf and a little seed on the ground, to make the lawn more compact. I assure you that the airing does not ruin the turf, on the contrary, it makes it more beautiful and healthy. If you don't trust, or don't believe me, ask a gardener if he shows you when he airs a lawn near your house.

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