Proper Aeration Practices
What Is Aeration?
Aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. This is done with a machine that pushes hollow cylinders into the ground forcing out the soil cores.
How Often Should You Aerate a Lawn?
Most lawns benefit from annual aeration. Heavily used lawns, or those growing on heavy clay or subsoils may need more than one aeration each year. Turf responds best when the tine spacing is closer and the penetration is deeper.
When is the Best Time to Aerate Lawns?
Both spring and fall are ideal times to aerate. In spring, aerate between March and May. Perform fall aeration between August and November. Aeration before or at the time of late season fertilization enhances root growth and improves spring green-up and growth.