Core Aeration and How It Can Make Your Lawn Stellar

In a previous post, we wrote about some standard spring lawn care tips that will prep your lawn for the summer and enable it to be the healthiest, thickest, and greenest it can be. We’ll be taking a look at each of these tips in detail over the coming weeks and fleshing out the best practices and benefits of each lawn care tip, as well as telling you about how we at Yardly can help you make your lawn beautiful.

Be sure to catch last week’s post about the best practices and benefits of power raking your lawn during the spring season.

Let’s take a look at core aeration, what it is, how it can dramatically improve the health and quality of your lawn, and how we can help you aerate your lawn this spring to make that it’s stellar in the summer.

What’s core aeration?

Core aeration is the process of puncturing thousands of tiny holes in your lawn to expose it to the elements. Snow and the general strain that the winter season puts on your grass often leads to compacting, which reduces the amount of oxygen and water that your lawn is exposed to. Core aeration is an effective way of de-compacting your lawn and ensuring that it has adequate access to air by creating thousands of small holes that cut into the lawn’s surface.

When should I aerate my lawn?

Ideally, core aeration should be performed twice a year in the early fall and late spring seasons, although they can be aerated any time there is sufficient moisture. Additionally, there are several indicators which can tell you that lawn needs aeration. Weeds, thin lawns, and excessively heavy soil are all signs that your lawn is lacking oxygen and needs aeration in order for it to grow properly.

How do I aerate my lawn?

Core aeration can be done manually or with a machine. Unless your lawn is tiny, manual aeration will likely take hours to complete and there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to give your aeration coverage it needs to grow to its fullest potentially. Alternatively, you can purchase or rent a lawn aeration machine, although these can often be prohibitively expensive considering the fact that core aeration is a once or twice a year endeavor at the most.

After you're done aerating your lawn, it's imperative that you resist the urge to rake or remove the leftover plugs. While the plugs look unsightly, they contribute vital microorganisms and nutrients to your lawn and raking them up could deprive your grass of nutrients in desperately needs in this critical stage of growth.

The benefits of core aeration

Core aeration can provide a tremendous benefit to any lawn.

  • Helps with de-thatching
  • De-compacts soil
  • Drastically increases oxygen access to your roots
  • Encourages the efficient use of water
  • Increases lawn durability

How Yardly can help

Our service partners use top tier aeration equipment to aerate your lawn to perfection. Manually aerating your lawn often takes hours and aeration machines are usually unjustifiably expensive for most home owners. Yardly provides professional aeration services to get the job done effectively and affordably.

Yardly provides premium aeration and spring cleanup services that will prep your lawn and make it healthy, green, and luscious for the summer. You can order an individual power raking service or our complete spring cleanup package which includes core aeration. Lawn mowing, power raking, and edging. Visit our website or give us a call at 780-919-3518 to get a free quote for your property.

Nenad Dumanovic

Nenad Dumanovic worked for Yardly, the Lawn Care and Snow Removal Service Platform, as an Operations Coordinator. Read his posts for insights to maintaining the perfect lawn and property.