Prolific Green
Core Aeration

IMPORTANCE OF AERATION

On scale of 1 to 10, core aeration rates a 10 for improving the quality of your turf. The benefits of aeration are so clear that it’s a standard practice used on all golf courses across the country. The benefits begin immediately and last for months. Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry, and you may have heard of it as soil cultivation (coring, spiking and slicing). Most homeowners simply call it aeration.

  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
  • Enhanced soil water uptake.
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
  • Enables grass seed to penetrate soil.
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling.
  • Stronger turf-grass roots.
  • Reduced soil compaction.
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning.
  • Save up to 25% on your water bill.

EQUIPMENT MATTERS

The type of aeration equipment can determine how effective the treatment will be. In general, turf responds best when core holes are close and deep. Equipment with hollow tines removes soil cores. Equipment with open tines divots the soil surface. Aeration equipment also varies in tine size up to 3/4 inch diameter and in depth of penetration up to 4 inches, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications.


HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU AERATE?

Most lawns benefit from annual aeration. Heavily used lawns, or those growing on heavy clay or subsoil’s may need more than one aeration each year.


BEST TIME TO AERATE

If you have cool season turf-grass such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial rye-grass, 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.