Core Aeration

Aeration is the mechanical process of removing plugs or “cores” of soil from a lawn. When you aerate, oxygen, nutrients, and water get easy access to the root system. Tight, compacted soil is loosened up allowing the root system to grow. Lawn aeration enhances oxygen levels in the soil, promotes a denser, greener lawn, reduces water runoff, enhancing infiltration of rainfall or irrigation. Aeration is recommended at least once a year, twice for very compacted soil (spring and fall).

Aeration illustration

Core Aeration Benefits

  • Better water absorption at the root system level
  • Improves fertilizer uptake
  • Reduces water runoff and puddling
  • Improves the lawn root system
  • Minimizes soil compaction
  • Enhances drought stress tolerance
  • Reduces thatch levels.

We recommend overseeding when performing core aeration. Most commercial aerators provide 9 holes per sq ft. Double aeration is recommended for very compacted lawns which provides around 18 holes per sq ft.