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Lawn aeration

First, is it pronounced "air-ation" or "air-ee-ation"?  If it has three syllables would it be spelled "aeryation"?

Second, what is with the "ae" at the front?

Last, does lawn aeration really help?  Have there been any scientific studies?  I think I'll hire the neighbor with the "air-ee-ation" machine to do some kind of crisscross pattern on my lawn.  That way I could see for myself if there is any difference.
Permalink XYZZY 
March 22nd, 2007 8:39am
I pronounce it "Air-ration" (with a long A in ration)

It does help the lawn, especially if you have high clay content.  If you have super-high clay content, I've seen people put sand down after aerating, which presumably trickles into the holes, and over a decade or so will result in a less-clayey soil.
Permalink xampl 
March 22nd, 2007 9:29am
I think the pronunciation is regional. You hear the three syllable version a great deal in TN.
Permalink JoC 
March 22nd, 2007 10:19am
That's because people in Tennessee are idiots.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 22nd, 2007 10:20am
You know we make nuclear weapons, don't you?
Permalink JoC 
March 22nd, 2007 10:24am
More proof.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 22nd, 2007 10:27am
And some very fine lawns, too.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 22nd, 2007 10:27am
No, in Tennessee they make "nucular" wea-pons.

When they ship them to Norfolk VA, the name changes to "nuclear devices".
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 22nd, 2007 10:33am
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 22nd, 2007 9:36pm
More precisely, wormholes (but it's a bit hard to have one without the other).

Topdress solid clay with a sand and organic matter or just try to live with its limitations:

Gypsum is not always the magic bullet. Didn't help us. We live on clay so good you could make bricks with it (and the drought is showing how easy that would be) but over time the addition of compost and sandy matter has worked wonders. Mulching is really important to retain an even moisture conent.
Permalink trollop 
March 23rd, 2007 2:26am

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