Lawn Aeration – Let Your Lawn Breathe!

What is Aeration?

Aeration is one of the most important maintenance tasks to be carried out on any well-kept turf surface.

It is a process that creates hundreds and thousands of holes in your lawn, or ‘air-pockets’ as we like to call them. By carrying out aeration this will encourage much stronger and healthier grass plants, making for an all round better lawn.

Why is Aeration important?

Aeration helps your lawn by ventilating the soil, improving drainage and encouraging better root development.


The purpose behind all aeration techniques is to maintain or increase the proportion of pore space within the soil structure. Compaction of the root zone leads to water logging, a build up of unwanted thatch and a decline in the appearance of the lawn.


An open, healthy soil structure will warm more quickly in the spring promoting good root extension. This will enhance the grass plants ability to use the nutrients applied throughout the year, and also become more drought tolerant.

How to aerate your lawn!

At Will’s Norfolk Lawns we offer three types of aeration. These are solid-tine, fracture-tine and hollow-tine aeration. We use professional pedestrian or tractor-mounted aerators, depending on the size of your lawn, which creates lots of holes in your lawn, piercing the soil profile. The type of aeration that is best suited for your lawn will depend on the current lawns and soil condition.

If you wanted to try aerating your lawn yourself, many companies offer the option to hire a mechanical aerator for a day or a week at a time. Alternatively, if you have a small lawn (or you fancy some exercise), you can manually aerate your lawn usually a garden fork or a hand-held aerator.

When to aerate your lawn!

You can aerate a lawn at any time of the year as long as the ground is not too soft that the machine sinks into the soil and not too hard that the tines cannot penetrate. We carry out the majority of our aerations in the autumn, winter and spring months.

Aeration can be carried out along with scarification or renovation work in the spring or autumn. For the best results we recommend aerating your lawn at least once per year.

In Summary – Benefits of Aeration

  • Allows water, air and nutrients to more easily access the root zone.
  • Relieves surface compaction.
  • Promotes deeper rooting.
  • Encourages increased microbial activity.
  • Aids the breakdown of thatch.
  • Increases nutrient uptake.
  • Improves stress tolerance.
  • Reduces moss encroachment.
Types of Aerator
  • Solid Tine
  • Fracture Tine
  • Hollow Tine
  • Tractor Mounted
  • Garden Fork
  • Hand-held Plugger
  • Slitter & Verti-drain (sports turf)