Core aeration - Knowledgebase Question

Glenview, Il
Question by ddd114
November 20, 2009
Which is the best season to core aerate a lawn? Would it help to do it in the fall for next summer.

Answer from NGA
November 20, 2009


You can aerate your lawn in either spring or fall. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. If you aerate now, you can wait to overseed in the spring. Best wishes with your lawn.

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