Does My Lawn Need Core Aeration?
Core aeration is an integral part of lawn care, so most yards require it on a yearly basis. Sometimes the signs of soil compaction are obvious, but even a healthy-looking lawn may have issues below ground level. Every part of a lawn that people have walked over is at risk for compaction problems, and you may notice that water has trouble soaking into the ground in these areas. In dry conditions, you may find patches where the grass doesn’t seem as green as the surrounding parts of the lawn. If you suspect a compaction problem, you only need a shovel to confirm the issue. Stick the blade into the soil and notice how much resistance you feel. If pressing down on the shovel feels difficult, and you need to apply additional bodyweight to pierce the soil, it is probably too dense for healthy grass. It’s best to err on the side of caution when you suspect soil compaction. Regular lawn aeration will improve the look of your grass.