What is Core Aeration?

Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It's commonly called "core aeration" in the lawn service industry, and you may have heard of it as soil cultivation (coring, spiking and slicing). Most homeowners simply call it aeration. Listed below are some of the main benefits of aeration:


  • Enhanced soil water uptake
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling
  • Stronger/deeper roots
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown


Let Your Lawn Breathe

Turn to us for lawn aeration services in Solon & Cedar Rapids, IA

More than anything else, core aeration is the best thing you can do for your lawn. It helps your turf grow strong and results in more vibrant grass. Annual aeration helps the lawn to breathe, leading to an overall healthy yard for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Lawn aeration services from Tompkins Lawn Care Inc. are easy and affordable. Our crew can work within your budget and schedule to provide top-quality core aeration, bringing your lawn back to its former glory.

Reach out today to talk about your lawn care needs with the experts.

Why is Aeration Necessary?

Compact soil prevents grass from establishing a healthy root system and keeps water and fertilizer from reaching the roots.

In most home lawns, fertile topsoil may have been removed or buried during excavation of the basement or footings, forcing grass to grow in subsoil that is more compact, higher in clay content and less likely to sustain a healthy lawn.

Walking, playing and mowing will compact soil and stress lawns. Raindrops and irrigation further compact the soil, reducing large air spaces where roots readily grow. Compaction is greater on heavy clay soils than on sandy soils, and it is greatest in the upper 1 to 1 1/2 inches of soil.

Aeration can help relieve soil compaction, allowing your grass to grow deeper roots and make better use of water and fertilizer.

Contact us today to learn more about our aeration service and what it can do for your lawn.