Lawn Aeration - Knowledgebase Question

Salt Lake City, Ut
Question by debi69
March 26, 2010
We put down sod last summer. It is now spring and I am wondering if it is a good time to aerate or how long should we wait?


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Answer from NGA
March 26, 2010

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Aerating a lawn is something we recommend when foot traffic has compacted the soil - usually 3-4 years after installing the lawn. I'm not sure why you want to aerate your new sod? If you're convinced the soil is compacted and needs to be aerated, spring is a good time for the process. If you want to aerate just because it's something your neighbors are doing or because you think it's part of the annual maintenance of a lawn, I'd council you to wait for a few years before aerating.

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