Core Aeration

Core aeration allows air, water, and nutrients to get down to the roots easier, similar to re-potting a plant when the roots become constricted. Most lawns do not require core aeration every year however it can be beneficial when the following conditions apply:

  • When the soil is compacted and drainage is an issue (clay soils)
  • When thatch is excessive (½ inch or more)

When attempting to reduce thatch in a lawn, core aeration is a much less abrasive alternative to de-thatching. The cores of soil that are overturned contain bacteria that the lawn uses to naturally eat away at thatch build-up. Green Thumb prefers to apply lime along with a core aeration in cases where thatch reduction is the objective. During these circumstances the cost of the lime is reduced.