What is Aeration?

The primary reason for lawn aeration is to reduce soil compaction. Compaction can prevent nutrients from reaching the grass roots. If you are going to the effort to fertilize or seed your lawn then aeration is a logical first step, why apply nutrients if they can’t reach the roots?

At Kansas Exterior Maintenance we believe that your lawn is not just grass… it’s an investment!

One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Kansas Exterior Maintenance is why should you aerate?Here are a few helpful hints


  • If your lawn gets heavy use, such as children playing, pets running around the yard or a walkway with no sidewalk.
  • Is the lawn established as part of a newly constructed home? Often times, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass foundation on the subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
  • Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem.
  • If your lawn was established by sod, and soil layering exists. This layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer-textured soil. This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and helps support root structure.


Some companies use core aeration which leaves dirt plugs across the lawn.  At Kansas Exterior Maintenance, we are not opposed to core aeration but our preferred method is spike aeration. We have found that this technique works just as well as core but does not leave a mess and keeps your lawn looking clean.

Looking to aerate your lawn? Let us show you how easy it is to work with us!