Lawn Care Myths Part 3, Golf Shoe Aeration

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips, Life & Lawns.

We’ve been talking about common lawn care myths that I have heard over the years, and today’s is one of the funniest in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong. The beer and grub worms myth is a good one, but this one takes the cake hands down: If I wear golf shoes when I mow, that’s the same as core aeration.

Core aerating the lawn (I am big on this as you know) is the process whereby a machine is taken across the lawn. This machine has 4-5 inch long hollow tines that pull cores of soil from the lawn…holes are punched, cores removed, aeration complete!

Core aeration manages the lawn’s thatch layer and also keeps soil compaction under control.

Many times over the years, customer have told me they don’t aerate their lawns in this way due to the fact that they wear golf shoes while they mow the grass. I think that’s funny and here’s why:

  1. Golf shoes have spikes that are less than 1/4 inch long.
  2. Golf spikes make dents in soil–if they can get through the thatch layer.
  3. Golf spikes are almost always plastic nowadays.

The truth is that golf courses professionally aerate their greens and fairways every year–and they have more golf shoes stomping on them than anyone’s home lawn!

So in the end guys, don’t skimp on aeration. Rent the machine and do it–every spring and every fall–if you can. Leave the golf shoes for the 8th tee box!


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