Core Aeration is a process that creates small holes in the turf-grass which allows air flow, water, and other nutrients to reach the soil. This helps create strong grass roots and a more vigorous lawn. Core Aeration’s main purpose is to alleviate compact soil. The best time to aerate your lawn is when it is not under stress. This is usually in the Fall (September – November) or in the Spring (March -May).
Aeration Common Questions:
Q: When can I mow my lawn?
A: Immediately. You do not have to wait to mow your lawn.
Q: Should I rake up the “plugs” in my lawn?
A: No, the plugs should not be raked. The plugs may be an eyesore at first, but they will quickly break down. They contain valuable nutrients that get recycled back into the soil.
Q: How often should my lawn be aerated?
A: Lawns should be aerated at least once per year. Lawns with thick thatch (1/2″) should be aerated twice a year. Turf-grass that has excessive thatch (more than 1″) should be aerated twice in the Spring and twice in the Fall.
Benefits Of Core Aeration:
- Reduces compact soil
- Breaks down thatch
- Enhances grass root growth
- Lawns become more drought tolerance
- Allows water, air, and fertilizer to reach the root zone