Core Aeration For A Healty Lawn

Core aeration relieves soil compaction by removing plugs of soil from the area in question. This process should be performed when the soil is moist but not muddy. I recommend that this service be performed in the fall of each year. In some instances it’s necessary to aerate a lawn in several different directions so that the holes come within 3″ of each other. The plugs of soil can be left on the surface of the lawn after this process is performed.

Core aeration can also be combined with othe processes like fertilization and overseeding. What I will often do in October of each year is to aerate my customer’s lawns and then apply a slow release granular fertilizer to them directly afterward. What this does is the core aeration allows the fertilizer to move directly into the root zone where it’s able to do the most good. Once the fertilizer falls into the holes in the ground that were left by the aerator it’s absorbed by the lawn’s root system very quickly. This results in greater root development as well as greater shoot growth and overall turf density. If the lawn is thin in some areas you might also want to consider spreading some grass seed at this time. The seed should be broadcast over the thin areas in the lawn and then topdressed with a thin layer of organic material like peat moss. Much of the seed will fall into the holes created by the aeration process and that’s good as long as the area is kept moist for the next 14-21 days. During that period you should start to see the new seedlings germinating.