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Core Aeration

What are the Benefits of Aeration?


Core aeration helps the lawn’s health and vigor, and it reduces maintenance requirements. Listed below are the other benefits of core aeration.

  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere

  • Enhanced soil water uptake

  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use

  • Reduced water runoff and puddling

  • Improved turfgrass root system

  • Reduced soil compaction

  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance

  • Improved resiliency and cushioning

  • Enhanced thatch breakdown


The depth and spacing of the core holes greatly influence the benefits obtained from aeration.  In general, turf responds best when the core holes are close together and deep.  The depth of the core hole depends on the the weight of the equipment being used, as well as the soil structure in the lawn.  For example, tines will penetrate sandy soils to a greater depth than heavy clay soils. Penetration is also better in moist soils than in dry soils.  Closer core holes removes more soil, exposes more soil surface are for nutrient and water uptake, and relieves compaction more efficiently.

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