Can lawn aerators and dethatching equipment damage my in-ground irrigation system?

Gardens & Landscapes September 19, 2007 Print Friendly and PDF
Lawn aerators and dethatchers can damage sprinkler heads and underground irrigation pipes. Before you begin using any potentially damaging equipment on your lawn, you should mark every sprinkler head with flags or stakes so you know where they are. Underground irrigation lines are typically buried deeper than the aeration equipment is designed to go, but surface erosion can create shallow areas where the pipes may be damaged.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.