How to aerate a lawn — plus when you should do it

Aeration can help keep your lawn healthy and vibrant
Aeration can help keep your lawn healthy and vibrant (Image credit: Getty Images)

Aeration is an often-overlooked aspect of garden landscaping that involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate to the grass roots and improve the overall health of a lawn.

The main reason for aerating is to tackle soil compaction, where too many solid particles in a certain volume or space prevent proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil.

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David Hedges-Gower

David Hedges-Gower is the UK's most trusted lawn expert. He is the chairman of The Lawn Association, an educational platform for homeowners, professionals and media. In addition, David also launched True Garden Range, the world's first 2-in-1 fertilisers and soil conditioners, made from composted recycled food waste.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.