A lush green and beautiful lawn is a perfect option for a walk, when you want to breathe fresh air, have a joyful walk, and escape from the boring indoor routine for a while. To double the value of walking on your lawn, you can have a pair of aerator shoes that can easily aerate your lawn while you walk.
There are many methods to aerate your lawn. In this article, we will explain how to properly use lawn aerator shoes for aerating your lawn.
How to Use Lawn Aerator Shoes – Complete Guide
Before you start aerating your lawn, preparation of your lawn involving a few simple steps is important. These will help make the whole process easier and effective as much as possible.
The first step is to nicely mow your lawn one day before you have planned for the aeration. Then clear all the dirt and debris from the lawn surface. Cleaning of the lawn is very important as aerator shoes cannot be properly used on lawns with dirt or accumulated leaves and may not give the desired results.
After this, water the grass and make it wet if the soil is in a dry condition. If your lawn has got a rain shower then there is no need to water it. Loosen/wet soil is perfect and easier to aerate helping in maximum output from the process.
Now it’s time to assemble the aerator shoes. Aerator shoes are used as a tool for lawn care and maintenance. The setting up of aerator shoes is quick and easy.
You can start by placing the nails available in the shoe pack below the shoes one at a time. Secure every nail in the hole with a nut, and tighten it with a wrench that is also provided with the aerator shoe pack. Always check that all the nails and nuts are completely tightened before using them every time because the nails may loosen up after intense use. There may be extra nuts and nails in the pack to cater to any damaged or de-shaped nails.
- If you look at the shoe straps of the aerator shoe, they are provided in three different sizes for the users’ convenience and properly tightening it around your shoes.
- The short strap is for the front position.
- Two medium-sized straps are for the two middle positions.
- The long sized strap is for the rear position.
- Make sure that the labels are facing down when you are threading the straps into the platforms.
- Now when you are finished tightening the straps, there may be an excess that can stand in your way. The straps are made a little bit longer to accommodate multiple types of shoes and sizes of users.
To get rid of the excess, cut the extra part of the straps with sharp scissors. Also, if you feel comfortable dealing with the fire, it is recommended that you seal the ends of straps by using a lighter or a match stick. Doing this will prevent threads from fraying and remember that the flame should contact the strap for only 2 seconds. Please do not overdo it, as it can be unnecessary and pose a fire risk.
After you are done with the aerator shoes’ assembly, put the shoes on while in a seated position on your lawn. After that, you can start walking on your lawn.
The aerator shoes work by creating channels in the soil that allow air, water, and important nutrients to reach the grass’s root system and other plants in the lawn. Besides, the roots of grass and other plants in the lawn are encouraged to grow deeper. Furthermore, the soil allows the roots to absorb more nutrients, and soak more water that would not have been accessible without aeration. By aerating through these shoes, your lawn will get a breath of fresh air, and more oxygen will reach the roots. Aeration will strengthen the roots of the grass and improve the health of your lawn.
Now when you finish aerating your lawn, there is no need to disassemble the aerator shoes. You can store the assembled shoes in a storage box. The manufacturers provide a storage box with almost all the aerator shoes.
From the above explanation, it can be concluded that the main reason for aerating a lawn is to alleviate soil compaction that limits the number of essential nutrients that must reach down to the roots of grass and other plants available in the lawn. This job can be done very efficiently by using aerator shoes. Therefore, you are advised to buy a good pair of aerator shoes for yourself to aerate your lawn and make it a pleasant space. Proper use of your aerator shoes will ensure your lawn’s health and care and provide the associated benefits both for you and the lawn. Good Luck!
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!