If your commercial lawn is the bearer of heavy foot traffic, over time the soil will get compacted. Don’t blame it all on your tenants, though. Rain, irrigation, and soil types all play a hand in the compaction of your lawn.

Compact soil doesn’t leave much room for roots to breath, grow, and absorb water and vital nutrients.

1. Improves turf fertilization

One of the best benefits of lawn aeration is that it improves the overall health of your grass. It works to provide the root zone with access to air, water, fertilizer and other lawn treatments.

Aeration improves fertilizer uptake which could mean your lawn needs less fertilizer because the turf is absorbing all the nutrients.

2. Reduces thatch build up

Thatch is the layer of dead grass that builds up on your lawn. If it becomes too thick, it will begin to rob your lawn of vital nutrients and water. Core aeration introduces thatch-decomposing microorganisms to the surface of the lawn to aid in the decomposition of the thatch layer.

3. Relieves soil compaction

Compacted soil prevents air, water and fertilizer from reaching your lawn’s roots and can lead to an unhealthy lawn, dead spots, patches and thinning grass. The cores that are removed during aeration reduce soil density and relieve compaction.

Aeration diagram

4. Reduces water run-off and puddling

A compacted lawn doesn’t absorb water well and leads to runoff and pooling. Additionally, a thick layer of thatch will act as a sponge, holding water and creating a perfect environment for fungal diseases.

Core aeration will improve absorption and be the fix your lawn needs.

5. Prepares grass for winter dormancy

A stronger root system gives your lawn a greater chance of making it through the winter months successfully and producing a healthy, green lawn come spring.


Fall is the best time to aerate and overseed bare or damaged area of your commercial lawn so growth can begin before winter.

Whether your lawn is in need of “spot treatment” or a total renovation, our lawn care experts can guide you to the best plan of action to get the healthy, vibrant lawn your commercial property deserves.

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