Core aeration can do wonders for your lawn in Georgia, as it loosens compacted soil and helps nutrients and resources, like sunlight, water, and air, reach the roots of your grass. However, you may be wondering what you should do with the soil cores left on your lawn afterward. The best thing to do is just leave them where they are and let them decompose naturally, as they return nutrients to the soil as they break down. Another option is to break them up using a rake or a lawn mower to speed up the decomposition process. While you can remove them if you want, this is not recommended because your lawn won't benefit from the nutrients they contain.

You can just leave the soil cores where they are after core aeration to return nutrients to your lawn!

Core aeration is the process of pulling up plugs of soil to loosen soil compaction and improve resource access to your turf's roots. From this, there will be soil cores on your lawn, but the best option is to leave them there! These soil cores are packed with valuable nutrients and will eventually break down on their own. As they decompose, they will slowly return those nutrients to the soil, giving back what your lawn already had. So, it's best to resist the urge to remove these little soil cores after core aeration and just let nature take its course!

You can break up the soil cores left after core aeration to speed up the decomposition process.

A rake and a trash left on our client's backyard in Woodstock, GA after aeration core cleanup.

Another option for dealing with the soil cores left behind after core aeration that still allows your lawn to benefit from the nutrients is to break them up manually. By using a rake or running over them with a lawn mower, you can break them up so they won't be as noticeable, which is beneficial if you don't like the way they look. Doing this also helps to speed up the decomposition process and allows the nutrients to be more readily available to your grass.

Robert Efford at TurfXpertCore aeration can increase the effectiveness of fertilization because the holes created allow the nutrients to reach the roots of your grass more easily.

You can remove the soil cores left behind after aeration, but it's not recommended.

Some property owners don’t like the look of soil cores scattered across their lawn after core aeration and may opt to remove them. While you can do this, it is not recommended. By removing the cores, you are also taking away the valuable nutrients they contain. This means your turf won't regain what it already had and benefit from them. Rather than taking the extra steps to remove the soil cores, it's best to either leave them as is or break them up to ensure the nutrients they contain go back to your turf.

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Don't let your lawn suffer from compacted soil and poor nutrient uptake - take advantage of our core aeration service! At TurfXpert, we'll perform this process to loosen compaction and help nutrients and resources reach the roots of your grass, which will benefit its overall health and vitality. With our experienced team and top-of-the-line equipment, we are the company you can trust. Since %%yearfounded%%, we have been proudly serving residential and commercial properties, as well as HOAs, in Woodstock, GA, and throughout the surrounding areas, including Roswell and Alpharetta. Give us a call at (833) 444-8873 to sign up for our core aeration service today and set up your lawn for success!