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How do you determine if your lawn needs aeration?

Most lawns can benefit from lawn aeration. However, the biggest reasons to aerate are heavily used lawns, thatch layers greater than 1/2 inch and soils that are mostly clay. An easy way to test your soil is to peal back a section and check the depth of roots. If the roots are only a couple inches deep then your lawn could probably benefit from core aeration.


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When to Aerate Your Lawn

Depending upon how much foot traffic the lawn gets, you may need to aerate more than once a year. You always want to aerate when the lawn can grow and heal itself from the process. Aerating a lawn disrupts plant roots and is stressful to the plants in the beginning. It is best to aerate in the spring and fall—when the plants are actively growing, and it is not too hot. Aerating mid-summer requires more careful observation of moisture levels.

Core Aerating

Core Aeration is the most important thing you can do for your lawn!

The benefits of core aeration:

  • Increasing the activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch
  • Enhancing water infiltration from rainfall and irrigation
  • Improving root growth
  • Increasing water, oxygen and nutrient movement in the root zone
  • Helping to prevent run off of fertilizers and pesticides

What is Lawn Aerating?Core Aeration

Core aeration is the mechanical removal of small cores of soil from the lawn using an aeration machine. It is often described as the most important thing you can do to create a healthy, thick and robust ,green lawn. Aerating is the process of removing small plugs of soil from the turf.

How does Aerating help your Lawn?

Plants need oxygen as much as they need carbon dioxide, but they need oxygen in their root areas. As people walk on their lawn, they compact the soil, squeezing it together and removing spaces that oxygen normally fills. Lawn aeration allows water to filter more consistently through soil, and helps reduce problems with thatch.