John Elliott wrote:Chicory and dandelions are good tillers that compete well with grass. If you want to try some different chicories, send me a PM with your address and I will send you some seed. I let a lot of it go to seed this year and I have plenty to give away.
Leila Rich wrote:A couple of mechanical ways: digging a fork in as deep as you can and levering the soil up-
not actually digging it, just loosening and allowing oxygen in.
This is hard work and I suggest only doing it when the ground's been softened by recent rainfall. (But not if it's sodden)
How about a working bee? Mark the lawn into areas to be aerated, lure a bunch of workers with promises of food and drink...