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What is Lawn Core Aeration?


Core aeration is a mechanical process, which extracts cores of soil, thatch, and grass from the surface of the lawn to increase nutrient availability, water penetration, soil air exchange, and reduce compaction.

Benefits of Lawn Aeration

  • Encourages healthier and more durable grass roots
  • Allows water and air to flow to the soil and roots
  • Helps break up dense and highly compressed soil
  • Enables better fertilization
  • Prevents mushroom growth
  • Improves insect resistance
  • Improves drought resistance
  • Encourages new growth

The process of aeration can be tedious and time consuming. Mechanical lawn aerators are heavy pieces of equipment that require expertise to operate. Consider hiring a landscaping service to help. Innovation Grounds has the best techniques and equipment to make sure that lawn aeration is done properly.


When to Aerate your Lawn?

When you should aerate depends on the type of grass in your lawn. If you have cool-season grass, it is better to aerate in the spring and fall seasons. For warm-season grass, spring through summer is the ideal time for aeration. Timing is critical so you can ensure that it is done when the grass is active and growing. This will produce the outcome you are hoping for—a healthy and green lawn.

You can tell your lawn needs aeration if water is gathering and not seeping into the soil, if the soil has become compressed, and if the grass and soil has lost its luster or is sparse. For thinning grass, you may need further lawn treatment, but aeration is beneficial.

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We recommend that homeowners aerate their lawns on an annual basis. However, if your lawn sees a lot of foot traffic that may cause the grass and soil to wear down, it is advised to aerate more regularly. Aeration should be a part of your spring or fall yard cleanup.

Before you tackle aeration on your own, consider calling a lawn care service like Innovation Grounds to help. There are many tips, techniques and common errors to be conscious of before, during, and after aeration. We suggest consulting a landscaping professional to find out all necessary information.

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  • Consider mowing your lawn prior to starting.
  • Make note of any lawn fixtures, such as sprinklers or irrigation lines.
  • Ensure that the consistency of the soil is damp (not too dry or too wet). If the ground is too dry, watering your lawn can be a quick solution.

The best results for lawn aeration are achieved through proper pre-service preparation and post-service care.

For pre-service preparation, you should:

  • Consider marking underground sprinkler heads or invisible fences with flags or stakes
  • Remove personal property & debris such as leaves from the lawn
  • Mow and lightly water your lawn 24 hours before your specialist is scheduled to perform your service

For post-service care, you should:

  • Regularly water your lawn instead of relying on rainfall
  • Limit traffic on your lawn to allow new seeds to germinate
  • Mow as usual until germination begins, then wait 10 days for seeds to establish before you resume mowing