Aeration and Overseeding

Many homeowners underestimate the benefits of core aeration. Our lawn care professionals are experts on the needs of your lawn, and we want to help you achieve all of your goals for your turf. We recommend regular, at least annual, core aeration to help improve your soil compaction and in effect, your soil health.

The benefits of aeration are pretty simple. Core aeration helps reduce compaction, increase air flow allowing more oxygen to reach the root mass, increase water and fertilizer uptake and helps reduce thatch in your warm season turf. It’s best to core aerate a fescue lawn at seeding time. For other turf types, like Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede and St. Augustine core aeration is best performed in the spring while these grasses are still actively growing. We don’t recommend core aerating your warm season turf lawn while it is in transition or dormant.

Identifying and Alleviating Thatch Growth
In our years of talking with homeowners, we find the majority of clients do not understand both the cause of thatch, and the best way to control it. Thatch occurs as a layer between the green material of your lawn and the soil’s surface and is made up of dead and living organic matter. Excessive thatch growth (over ½”) can create a haven for pest and disease activity which can significantly damage your lawn. Thatch build up can often slow down the effectiveness of fertilizer, insect and disease controls. One way to control Thatch is through our annual core aeration treatments!

Consistent core aeration of all types of turf grass will result in a healthy and fantastic looking lawn which grows easily.


In the quest for a beautiful lawn here in the Washington DC area, aeration ranks as one of the top best-kept secrets. This often-overlooked lawn care practice paves the way for healthy grass that stands up to drought, disease, and everyday wear and tear. It is the best way to rebuild a DC lawn after one of our brutal spring.

What Is Aeration?

When you aerate a lawn, you make holes in the lawn and soil using a mechanical aerator by extracting a small plug of soil, also known as a core. Lawn aeration produces several results:

  • Oxygen can reach turf roots and soil.
  • Our Organic fertilizers and nutrients can enter the soil and come into contact with roots.
  • Water soaks into soil more efficiently, easily reaching grass root zones.
  • Thatch is physically disrupted and broken up. Compacted soil is loosened.

Why Aeration Is Needed?

Lawns take a great deal of abuse in Northern Virginia, family football games, chasing dogs and kids around even the activities associated with maintaining a lush lawn combine to compress soil, which suppresses root growth and hinders roots from penetrating into soil. If a lawn grows for years without aeration, the soil beneath will eventually harden, shrugging off fertilizer, rainfall, and supplemental irrigation. As soil becomes tighter, grass grows less, thinning and eventually dying. Aerating the lawn along with enrolling in one of Household Helping Hands based lawn care programs will ensure a healthy and strong lawn able to flourish in the difficult climate here in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland areas.

September is the best time for aeration and seeding in Northern Virginia. Don’t miss the window. Give us a call at Household Helping Hands to schedule Fall aeration today.