How to Aerate Your Lawn

A Step-by-Step Guide

When Is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn?

When you consider the checklist of a healthy lawn, arguably the most indicator of vitality and a luscious, carpet-like appearance is below the surface: your grass’s roots. One way you can care for the roots is through core aeration. Today, we’re taking a look at the steps you need to take to aerate your lawn.

How to Aerate Your Lawn

Supplies You’ll Need

  • You will either need an electric or manual aerator. You can usually rent an electric one at a home improvement store. We recommend aerating one or two times per year, so you can determine if it’s more economical to rent or buy.


Step 1: Choose the right timing. We recommend aerating your lawn in the fall at least four weeks before the first frost. This will help protect your lawn from issues like snow mold.

Step 2: Choose an electric or manual aerator. We recommend choosing electric if you have a large area to cover. A manual option will be fine if it’s a small patch of grass.

Step 3: Use the aerator to poke the small holes into the ground. It will pull 2″ to 3″ plugs of dirt from the ground. Ideally, the holes will be 2″ to 3″ apart.

BONUS Step 4: Now is the perfect time to overseed your lawn. The grass seeds will be able to find secure places in the dirt and now have plenty of access to air and sun.

Call Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape to Aerate Your Lawn.

We are your local lawn care company in Indiana and your neighbors who want to help you have your healthiest lawn yet. Our experienced and knowledgeable technicians know your lawn is unique and one of a kind, and we create your lawn plan specifically for you. We have four lawn care packages to ensure there is a lawn care plan for every home and budget. Plus, we offer core aeration as an individual service should you want to show your lawn some extra love.