Core Aeration with Over-Seeding in Fall
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Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Although hand aerators are available, most aeration is done mechanically with a machine having hollow tines or spoons mounted on a disk or drum. Known as a core aerator, it extracts 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter cores of soil and deposits them on your lawn. Aeration holes are typically 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart. Other types of aerators push solid spikes or tines into the soil without removing a plug (spiking). These are not as effective because they can contribute to compaction.
Core aeration is a recommended lawn care practice on compacted, heavily used turf and to control thatch buildup. Seeding is recommended to be done in the fall so the seedlings may have time to germinate over the winter months. We use 100% Kentucky Blue and Rye grass mixtures.