What is Core Aeration?

Core aeration is the mechanical process of pulling thousands of soil plugs from your lawn. Did you know that spike-type aeration doesn’t really help your lawn? In fact it might make your soil more compact! Core aeration should only be done with a core aeration machine with hollow tines –  not with strap on shoes with spikes on the bottom! Using a core/plug type aeration removes quarter size plugs from your lawn allowing the ground to act like a sponge, soaking up moisture and nutrients. This creates a hotbed for the grass to take hold, spread, and become even more thick and beautiful. Lawn Envy we will provide the best care for your lawn and grass type. Schedule your core aeration here!

 

Why should I aerate my Lawn?

After core aeration your lawn will be healthier because:

  • Soil compaction will be reduced, allowing air to reach the roots.
  • The soil will be able to hold on to more water. This reduces irrigation expense and helps your lawn beat the summer heat.
  • Roots will be able to expand in the loosened soil and take in more water and fertilizer.
  • The more the roots expand under the soil level, the healthier, thicker, and greener the grass is up top.
  • Core aeration helps your lawn break down thatch naturally.

Core aeration pulls plugs that are 2-4" deep, reducing soil compaction.

Core aeration pulls plugs that are 2-4″ deep, reducing soil compaction.

When should core aeration be done?

  • For the healthiest lawn, core aeration should be done once every year.
  • Warm season grasses, like Bermuda and Zoysia, can be aerated anytime throughout the summer when the grass is green.
  • May is often a great time to aerate because soil is moist and you can pull better soil plugs.
  • If you have a cool season grass, like fescue, wait until September to aerate. See our Fescue Aeration and Overseeding page.

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