What does "aerate" mean?
Aerate means to poke a hole in the ground to allow air and water to penetrate the surface of the soil. Tools to aerate include a pitchfork for small areas, solid tine aeraters, hollow tine aeraters which remove a core of soil from the hole, and water aeraters which use water under very high pressure to form holes in the soil. The effects of aeration are temporary unless the area is topdressed afterward and sand fills the holes to prevent closure.
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Early fall is one of the best times to test your soil. A soil test can tell you if your lawn or garden needs critical nutrients and how much. This way, your plants and your wallet will stay healthy. You won’t waste your money applying fertilizer or lime that your plants don’t need.