What is aeration and when should it be done?

Core aeration is the process of removing small soil plugs or cores from the lawn.  The purpose of aerating is to reduce soil compaction.  It allows air, nutrients and water into the turf root system.  Aeration can help reduce thatch buildup and can help in preventing fertilizer and pesticide run off of highly compacted soils.  Aeration is typically done in the fall but can also be done throughout the year if it is deemed necessary.

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