Core Aeration FAQs

Core Aeration FAQs

What is aeration/seeding?

Core aeration is a form of lawn aeration where a series of plugs/cores are removed from your lawn.  The machine is the size of a lawn mower and operates comparably.  After the cores/plugs are removed, the area then has seed broadcast over it's entirety.

What's the purpose of aeration/seeding?

Aeration helps reduce soil compaction and thatch buildup. The cores/plugs create an avenue for oxygen to flow through the soil, increasing overall conditions. The seeding that is applied afterwards promotes fresh grass growth for patchy/damaged areas.

When's the best time for aeration/seeding?

For cool-season grass, early Fall is the best time of year and Spring is also optimal. Warm-season grass benefits the most from aeration/seeding late Spring, early Summer.

Does the grass need to be cut before/after the service?

The lawn should be cut before the service is completed. We bring a mower with us in case we need to do a quick cut while there.

How deep are the plugs/cores?

We aim for a target depth of 2"-3" but it depends on the current site conditions and is not guaranteed. Watering the lawn before the service helps soften up the soil and is recommended.

How much seed is applied after aeration?

4lbs of Certified Tall Fescue Blend per 1000 sqft of turf applied.

What type of seed is used?

‚ÄčWinning Colors Tall Fescue Blend A-LIST

When can I expect the service to occur?

Program Customers
  1. Fall: Sept - October
  2. Spring (seed not included): March - May
One Time Service

Generally 1-2 weeks from signup, but sooner if possible. Once we receive your order our scheduling team is notified and will "place" your job on the upcoming schedule. Then you'll be notified via email notification with your expected service date. We'll notify you again when we're about 24 hours from start of the job and once the job is completed. You can also view your past and upcoming jobs within our secure client portal.

How Much Should I Water?

Other Resources

Do you need to be home for the service?

You don't need to be home for the services to be performed. That's what's great about the service notifications we have in place here at A Cut Above. You'll receive an email notification before and after we perform each service, so you'll know when we're coming.

How does billing work?

Full payment for one time services are due at signup because we need to reserve your spot on the schedule and secure materials for the work.

How do scheduling notifications work?

As we approach each upcoming service it's our goal to give you as much heads up as possible before we arrive. It's our goal to give you at least 1 week's notice via email notification. You'll also receive a post service email notification upon the crew wrapping up the route for the day of each visit. Aside from the email notifications, you can use our client portal to view your past and upcoming job info.

Do I need to prepare the service area before each visit?

Please remove toys/hoses/etc. from the service area before each visit (A Cut Above is not responsible for damage to any man made object left in the service areas prior to service). Our crew leaders inspect the services areas before each visit but we really appreciate your help with this. Also, please unlock any gates on the property so our equipment can get through.

What's not included with the service?

Weed control

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