Lawn Tips - Aeration
Just like the human body, lawns need the proper amount of water and air to be healthy and vigorous. Over time, because of compacted soil or thatch buildup, circulation through the soil is blocked.
The solution is aeration. Aeration is the extraction of small cores of soil to allow nutrients, water and air to enter the root zone. A machine is used that removes cores (or plugs) to a depth of 2 to 3 inches, resulting in a lawn that responds better to your regular program, and with healthier growth below and above the ground.
Lawns growing on clay soils will particularly benefit from aeration.
For cool-season grasses, such as Bluegrass, it's best done when there is adequate soil moisture, this is usually spring or fall. Fall being the preferred time, as to not interfere with the time sensitive spring applications.