Spiking is a less intensive type of aeration, involving holes being made in the surface of the soil at a depth of at least 3 inches using a solid tine aerator. Unlike Hollow Tine Aeration, Spiking does not remove any earth but simply makes space in the soil in order to allow some essential air exchange and to allow more nutrients in, to revive the roots and support the soil ecosystem.
Over time as soil becomes more compacted it gets harder for fresh air to enter and so Spiking is an ideal catalyst for exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which can cause depletion of grass root growth as CO2 inhibits water from being properly absorbed.
Spiking is also an effective process for improving the drainage of your lawn, especially if it is susceptible to thatch, moss and water-logging after rain or during the winter. It can also be a vital treatment for lawns that drain too quickly and are prone to drought or Dry Patch in the summer months; helping to maintain hydration and allowing more water to penetrate the soil and roots.
If your lawn is prone to drought or Dry Patch you may want to consider our Drought Management Treatment.
How it works
Spiking involves the solid tine aerator being wheeled across the lawn; the tines, or spikes, break through the surface of the lawn, making 3 inch holes in the soil to assist aeration, water penetration, drainage and help to relieve issues of compaction, however, if compaction is the main source of your lawn problem we would recommend Hollow Tine Aeration rather than Spiking.
What to expect
You may notice small holes in the soil but Spiking is the less disruptive of the aeration treatments and should not cause too much disturbance to the lawn. After Spiking, grass should become greener and thicker and your lawn should not hold onto as much water, draining more freely and feeding the roots more efficiently.
How to prepare
Spiking should be part of regular lawn maintenance because it allows air into the soil and does not remove soil from your lawn, making it helpful for drainage and fertiliser application and relieving some compaction but not completely eliminating the problem altogether, whereas Hollow Tine Aeration removes 5% of the surface soil and dramatically reduces compaction which is why we recommend this as an essential Annual Treatment.
Look for signs that your lawn is not draining well or becoming water-logged. Or, if your lawn seems to dry out too quickly then your soil might be suffering from compaction which stops air exchange, does not allow water or nutrients to penetrate and inhibits root development and so will cause drought damage. In severe cases of compaction we would recommend Hollow Tine Aeration to free the overly compacted soil.
Every lawn differs and it depends on the grass species, soil type, area conditions or amount of use so there is no right answer. That said as a general rule, we would recommend aeration once a year as part of regular lawn care maintenance. After our Lawn Analysis however, we will be able to make a more specific recommendation on whether more or less spiking would benefit your lawn.
– Spring and Autumn
– Improve drainage
– Relieve waterlogged areas
– Revive roots and soil ecosystem
– Improve some compaction
– Solid Tine Aerator
Request your Free Lawn Analysis
Before treating your lawn we will assess your lawn using our 12 Point Lawn Analysis. We will discuss the results with you and create a tailored lawn care programme that suits your lawn so you can make the most of your garden and leave the hard work to us.