Aeration is simply the removal of hundreds of small soil plugs from
a lawn, to help break up soil compaction and improve root growth.
Turf grass in compacted soil (left) grows slowly, lacks vigor and
becomes thin or does not grow at all. Core aeration (center) removes
small cores of soil, depositing them on the surface of the turf.
This improves the depth and extent of turf grass rooting (right)
How does aeration benefit the lawn? Core aeration will reduce soil compaction and enhance thatch
breakdown, thus improving soil water uptake and decreasing water
runoff and puddling. Core aeration allows air, water, and fertilizer
to better reach the root zone. This stimulates root growth to create
healthier, stronger turf grass plants. (right)
How is aeration done?
Our specially designed aeration equipment consists of a series of
hollow coring tines mounted on wheels. When these hollow tines are
rolled over your lawn, they puncture the soil, systematically
removing small soil plugs.
How often is aeration needed?
Due to the clay soil in the Massachusetts and surrounding area, we
recommend that your lawn be aerated at least once per season. Some
lawns may need to be aerated more than once a season, depending on
When is the best time for aeration?
Spring or fall is the best time for aeration. March, April and May
in the spring and September, October and November in the fall are
the best months to plan for aeration. Warm days and cool nights
along with natural moisture provide ideal conditions for aeration.
Mid - summer months tend to be too hot for aeration. Aeration in the
summer can cause stress to the turf by depleting moisture.
When is the best time to overseed?
The best time to overseed is in the early fall, after aeration,
while the days are still warm and nights are cool. Good seed to soil
contact is important. Seed that is watered into aeration holes will
have a much higher germination rate than seed that is spread over a
lawn which has not been aerated. Overseeding with a blended
bluegrass in the fall will make the lawn more disease resistant,
more drought resistant, and more insect tolerant.
SSE Landscape Contractors Inc.
Serving Massachusetts South Shore including the cities and towns of:
Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax,
Hanover, Hanson, Lakeville, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymptom, Raynham, Rockland,
South Easton, South Weymouth, Taunton, West Bridgewater, Weymouth, Whitman Ma.