Lawn Aeration

Why should I have an Aeration on my lawn?

What is an Aeration?

Lawn aeration simply means punching holes in your lawn to penetrate the soil in order to help oxygen, water, and fertilizer move into the root systems. This process can be done in a variety of ways.... by hand or by foot with shoe spikes, pitchfork or spading fork, or any means to puncture the soil.  However, those methods are tough to do on your landscape yourself.
We have an Aerator that we use to do this tedious job for you. We go over your entire lawn with the aerator that will punch holes and pull the plugs out to deposit it on top of the turfgrass. These plugs will break down with normal mowing or rainfall and redeposit the nutrients back into the root system while maintaining the punched areas for air, water, and fertilizer to move into. Please do not remove these plugs as they are full of rich nutrients to be absorbed back into the lawn.

Why do I need an Aeration?

Lawn aeration reverses the effects of soil compaction.  Compacted soil can be practically impenetrable, making it difficult for the lawn to get what it needs to grow. Grassy areas that are submitted to constant foot traffic or dog run areas, require lawn aeration more frequently than out-of-the way areas. It makes it hard to support vigorous plant growth. A well aerated lawn will help the soil support a deeper and healthier root system.

  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
  • Enhanced soil water uptake.
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling.
  • Stronger turfgrass roots.
  • Reduced soil compaction.
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning.

How often should you have an Aeration?

We recommend yearly for normal traffic lawns. The root system can benefit from an aeration any time of year, but spring and summer are the most often recommended because the lawn can recover quicker during the growing season.

Greenup’s Aeration Policies


The State of Texas regulations require subsurface irrigation lines to be buried at least 6” deep.

Our aeration equipment will produce holes 3” -  4" deep.  We ARE NOT responsible for damages to subsurface irrigation lines that do not conform to state regulations.

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