Lawn Aeration

How do you know if your lawn needs to be aerated?

Any lawn will grow better with increased oxygen, water, and nutrient flow. However, compacted lawns, such as those that receive heavy foot or vehicle traffic, those that grow in poorly drained areas, and those that grow in clay soil, will benefit the most.

Green Thumb uses the best type of aerator; a power core aerator. This type has hollow tines mounted on a drum. As the drum turns, small plugs of turf are extracted and left behind you on the lawn as you push the aerator.

Aerate your lawn a few days after a good rain, when the soil is moist but not wet. Mark sprinkler heads, cable, and other underground wires so they won’t be damaged, and make two passes with the aerator, each perpendicular to the other, to ensure you covered the lawn thoroughly.

The resulting plugs of soil can be left on the lawn to decompose; or, wait a few days for them to dry and either rake them up or mow your lawn normally.

Lawn Aeration for the Health of Your Lawn

Lawn aeration is the removal of small plugs of soil from your lawn. Aeration improves the amount of oxygen available to the roots of your lawn (which need oxygen to grow), and also improves nutrient and water uptake. Lawn aeration is sometimes called “core aeration.” Aeration also helps to control thatch by providing oxygen to the microorganisms that break down the thatch layer

What Time of Year Should My Lawn Be Aerated?

Woodlands Green Thumb generally aerates the lawn when it is in a period of active growth so that it recovers quickly. Warm-season grasses should be aerated in late spring.