What to do After Aerating Lawn

You’ll agree with me that having a beautifully looking lawn throughout the year requires more than just watering it every day. There are a number of things that should always be in your “to do” list and this includes aerating your lawn.

Well, aeration is one of the most important steps that you should take in order to ensure that the grass on your lawn grows healthily. This is because it improves flow of water and air in the soil enabling the roots of the grass to get enough moisture throughout. And this is not all, as it also allows nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. This allows the shoots to emerge from the soil looking rich and green in colour. However, proper maintenance doesn’t end at just aeration. What you do after aerating your lawn also plays a key role to a healthy and tidy looking lawn.

There are a number of steps that you should follow after you have aerated the soil on your lawn. Firstly, you should leave the soil plugs to settle and fill in the holes that you made with your aerating tool. This allows it to decompose and the holes made will begin to disappear after some time as the grass will start growing.

After this, you should then apply fertilizer to the soil which contains nutrients. These nutrients are very essential as they are fed to the grass roots which allow the grass to grow in a healthy manner. It also helps your grass shoots become thick and green which is what we all want, right?

Once you are done with those two steps, you should also remember to frequently water the grass. This process is also important because frequent watering enables the grass roots to grow deeper which strengthens the grass.

After watering it, you should then start overseeding the aerated soil on your lawn and avoid mowing that area of your lawn for about a month. Without doubt, the new grass will grow in the right manner and will receive enough moisture and nutrients because of the soil preparation already done.

After you have done all this processes, you will probably note some dirt sods on your lawn. This shouldn’t be anything to worry you as they will also disappear on their own after some time. However, you should keep an eye on the growth of your grass. You can then start mowing the grass once it grows up to around 3 inches in height and smile your way to a neat and beautiful lawn.

Steps to follow


Leave the soil plugs to settle and fill the holes

Allows decomposition and the holes will eventually disappear

Apply fertilizer

It contains nutrients which are fed to the grass roots.

Water the grass

Moisture strengthens the roots of the grass.


It enables your lawn to be levelled and look neat.

How the processes after aeration improves your lawn

  • Frequently watering grass

When you aerate the oil in your lawn, you dig up holes that allow water to easily flow through and reach the roots. After you have aerated the lawn you are required frequently water the aerated soil on your lawn.

This enables the roots of the grass to receive enough water every time you water your lawn which strengthens the roots of the grass.

Therefore, you won’t have to worry about your grass being weak.

  • Overseeding

This is also a very crucial step after you have aerated your soil. After you have aerated the soil on your lawn, there are usually parts of your lawn where the soil tends to thin out. Now, this is where overseeding comes into play. When you overseed the thinned out soil on your lawn, you enable the grass to grow afresh and still receive all the nutrients in the soil.

Overseeding also enables the grass on your aerated lawn to grow in a levelled manner.


As you can see, it is important to follow all the necessary steps after you have aerated your lawn in order to ensure your grass grows healthily. Once you do this, I guarantee you that you will always have a beautiful looking lawn throughout the year.


Why shouldn’t I mow immediately after I overseed?

You shouldn’t do this because at this point the grass roots haven’t settled properly in the soil. So, you will end up uprooting the grass instead of cutting it.

What is the major benefit of aerating my lawn?

It actually helps with soil drainage which allows moisture and water to easily flow through the soil on your lawn.

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