Everyone understands that seeding, fertilization, mowing, and pest control are essential. Aeration is another critical component of a healthy lawn.

We remove small cores of soil from the turf during aeration, creating temporary “holes” in the lawn. Wait, tearing up your yard to make it healthier? That doesn’t seem to make sense.

First, remember that these “holes” are small and temporary. And, aeration delivers some critical benefits.

Aeration manages the thatch layer. “What is that?” you might ask. The thatch layer is mainly dead organic matter between the grass above and the root system and soil below. If the thatch layer becomes too thick, it can be harmful to your grass.

Therefore, removing these soil cores reduces compaction, makes the ground more even, and allows water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the grass’s roots. Aeration encourages more robust root development and increases density in the lawn.


Aeration works best when grass growth is fast and robust, which here is spring and fall. In the spring, aeration boosts new growth and promotes health and stability as the tough (for grass) days of summer approach. Fall aeration ensures health and strength during this critical growth period ahead of the dormant months of winter.

Most professional golf courses aerate as often as every 30 days during the growing season! We offer and recommend spring and fall aeration, but at a bare minimum, aerating in the fall every year. With seasonal aeration from our Sioux City professionals, your lawn will begin to grow thicker and more robust.

To learn more about the whens,
hows, and whys of aeration, please
read our learning center article.

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