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Foot in grass, TruGreen lawn specialist aerating a lawn with a machine

on May 16, 2016 by TruGreen

Aeration is one of the best ways to make your lawn thicker and improve the effectiveness of normal irrigation, fertilizers and pest control programs.


Aeration will help more fertilizer reach your turf’s roots, enhance the breakdown of thatch and it can also help you use water more efficiently.


Lawn aeration, often called core aeration, removes small plugs of turf, thatch and soil from your lawn.


So, is aeration the right treatment for your lawn this season? Take this quiz to find out if your yard could benefit from lawn aeration:


The Lawn Aeration Quiz:


Do puddles form on your lawn after a rainstorm?

  • Yes

  • No

  • I’m not sure


Does your lawn pass the screwdriver test?

  • Yes

  • No

  • I’m not sure


Does your yard have a thick layer of debris on top of it?

  • Yes

  • No

  • I’m not sure

Is your yard actively growing?

  • Yes

  • No

  • I’m not sure


If you answered yes to most of these questions:

Sounds like it’s time to aerate your lawn. Usually, lawn aeration should occur annually. If your lawn is showing the signs listed above and you’ve already aerated once this year, your soil may be compacted and require another round. Are you planning to DIY? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Know your grass type. Aeration should only occur when the grasses are actively growing.

  • Rent or purchase an aerating machine.

  • Clearly mark sprinkler heads, irrigation lines and other underground lines in your yard that could get damaged during lawn aeration.

  • Water the lawn thoroughly the day before.

  • Plan to seed and fertilize after core aeration.

  • Let the plugs disintegrate into the lawn.


Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Call in the experts. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 866.688.6722.  Learn more about the benefits of aerating your lawn here.


If you answered no to most of these questions:

It might not be time to aerate your lawn. But if you still have problem areas you would like looked at, give us a call at 866.688.6722. Learn more about other services we offer here.


If you answered I’m not sure to most of these questions:

Hey, no worries. Let an expert help you determine the best treatments for your lawn’s needs. Contact TruGreen online or by calling 866.688.6722.

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