To show off a healthy garden, with a delicate green mantle covering it in every corner, this turf aerator is just what you need. It is a rather simple invention that will allow the natural grass to grow much healthier, take better advantage of the irrigation water and the exchange of nutrients, and give it strength and splendor throughout the year.
Why aerate the lawn?
Grass and any low grass require aeration. If you have worms in the ground, you will have half the battle won, because the cavities that they make to move to allow the circulation of oxygen below the earth, while the roots expand more, strengthening and promoting the grass that appears on the ground. Surface. But even if you did, if the most superficial layer of the earth were very rigid and compact, the clean air could not enter, as well as the water of the rain and irrigation.
The surface can be compacted for the most diverse reasons. The drought is one of them (both climatic and for lack of irrigation) because, depending on the composition of the soil, it could crack or flatten. Also, the high traffic and the constant weight usually compact the earth: the animals that walk on top, the snow that stays up there, the presence of a large and flat object, and many more.
“This home turf aerator will allow it to grow much healthier, take better advantage of irrigation water and nutrient exchange, and give it strength and splendor throughout the year.”
Whatever the reason, if the earth is compact you will see that the water does not penetrate or delay in doing so, and the air will not come to renew its composition. That is why making an aerator for the lawn will be the best solution.
For this task you need a firm sole, gripping elements, and aerators:
- Use an old pair of rubber flip flops or the sole of shoes that you no longer use, accompanied by two more cuts out in firm rubber or flat wood (like plywood). If you do not have any available, just cut two soles in 5mm MDF wood, at least.
- In all cases, you also need two other soles in plywood or other thin wood, to protect your feet (even wearing work boots, this element of protection is never over).
- For each foot, you will need 8 to 10 long stainless nails, not less than 5 to 9 cm (3.5 ”, 16d nails)
- Two strips of flat tape, synthetic or plastic, with a locking snap, Velcro, or simply that you can tie around your foot
- Adhesive resistant to wood, firmer than glue, which can be contact cement or two-component epoxy adhesive.
How to make the home turf aerator
Prepare all the materials on the work table, making sure they are clean and dry. If the “soles” that you are going to use are made of wood, check if you need to prime it or protect it with varnish to preserve it from humidity.
Put the thick soles on the perforated bench or a work table, mark 8 to 10 points separated from each other and the edges, and without more, place the nails so that they appear on the other side. When all the nails are firmly in place, but the adhesive and place the two pieces of tape for each “foot,” allowing them to fall equidistantly on both sides at the height of the template and the heel of the foot. Add more adhesive on the tapes, if you prefer, and put on the thin pieces of wood. Fix it by holding it with sergeants or fixation clips (or putting weight on it), and let the glue work all night long.
“To use this home turf aerator, place your feet on top (footwear) one at a time, cut them off with the tapes, and just walk on the ground, making sure to insert the nails into the ground.”
To use, place your feet one on top (footwear), tape them off, and just walk across the lawn, making sure to insert the nails into the ground. Try to follow a path, to make an even airy. And only as a suggestion, the first time you use this homemade turf aerator, it does not hurt to take a cane with you, to help you keep your balance!