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Your lawn requires aeration to help improve absorption of vital nutrients. But you might be wondering how do you know when’s the best time to aerate your lawn?

What Is Aeration?

Aeration involves perforation of small holes in the soil to allow deep penetration of fertilizer, nutrients, water, sunlight and oxygen. A machine is used to mechanically remove “cores” from your lawn to create channels for deep penetration.

Why Aerate?

When you have compact soil or thick thatch your lawn is not able to properly absorb the water, nutrients and oxygen it needs to thrive and grow. Compact soil occurs from a number of things including soil type, heavy foot traffic and parking or driving vehicles on the lawn.

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lawn cores

When To Aerate?

The best time to aerate is in the fall. This helps your lawn to recover from summer stress and helps prepare your lawn to survive the upcoming winter. Deep penetration of water, oxygen and nutrients will promote a healthy root systems which in turn, will allow your grass to better withstand stressful conditions.

Why not spring or summer?

Soggy spring conditions risk damaging your lawn during aeration or even compacting your soil. Plus, the aeration holes make perfect spots for the seeds from weeds or other invasive grasses like crabgrass to germinate. In the summer the turf is under too much stress.

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grass seeds

Benefits of overseeding with aeration treatment

Overseeding involves spreading grass seed over your lawn after aeration. The holes made from aeration boost germination and help promote new grass growth. For an even bigger boost of nutrients we also recommend topdressing.


Lawn aeration is a vital component to your lawn maintenance program. It helps your lawn to develop strong, healthy root systems and improves absorption. We recommend aeration in the fall season and should be done on an annual basis to keep your property looking its best.

Make the most of your lawn maintenance program. Maggio has you covered – get a quote for aeration today.