Emerald Lawns

When & Why to Aerate Your Lawn

First things first: What is aeration?

A lawn aerator removes “plugs” of soil, creating holes in your turf so that air, sunshine, and water can get through to the soil.

Aeration can help your lawn’s roots get deeper and your soil to get healthier. Lawn aeration is serious business and requires a steady hand and knowledge of the equipment.

So, when is the best time to aerate your lawn?

That answer to the best time to aerate your lawn varies depending upon the type of soil and grass you have. Clay soil should be aerated twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Sandy soil should be aerated once a year, either in the spring or the fall.

For warm season grasses, like those you find in Texas, you should aerate in the late spring or early summer.

  • Bermuda
  • St. Augustine
  • Zoysiagrass

Cold season grasses should be aerated in late summer or early fall.

  • Fescue
  • Wheatgrass
  • Texas Bluegrass

Why would I want to aerate now?

Regardless of the time of year, lawn aeration helps you to handle drought conditions because water can get through to your deepest levels of soil. Depending on where you live, you could qualify for a rebate on lawn aeration from your city. You’ll have a healthier lawn and more money in your pocketbook. That’s what we call a win-win.

Tell me more about the rebate.

Here’s how it could look:

  1. Emerald Lawns provides you lawn aeration and gives you a receipt.
  2. You take photos of the completed work and turn in the application, receipts and photos.
  3. Then await your $50 rebate (and make plans to go out to dinner when you receive it).




Check out a list we put together of local cities that offer rebates for aeration. We’ve linked to the rebate pages in blue.

City of Austin
City of San Marcos
LCRA Customers (see below)

Aqua Texas (Barton Creek Lakeside Utilities)
Aqua Texas (Rivercrest Water System)
Buena Vista Water System
City of Burnet
City of Cedar Park
City of Cottonwood Shores
City of Granite Shoals
City of Horseshoe Bay
City of Lago Vista
City of Leander
City of Marble Falls
City of Pflugerville
Corix Utilities
Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation
Hays County WCID #1
Hays County WCID #2
Reunion Ranch WCID
Hidden Valley Subdivision Cooperative
Hidden Valley Subdivision Cooperative
Hurst Creek MUD
Hurst Creek MUD
Hurst Creek MUD
Inverness Point Water System
Jonestown Water Supply Corporation
Kingsland Water Supply Corporation
Lakeway MUD #1
Lazy Nine MUD 1-A
Llano County MUD #1
Loop 360 Water Supply Corporation
Pecan Utilities Company
Peninsula Bluffs
PK-RE Development Company
Sail Haven Water System
Senna Hills MUD
Travis County MUD #10
Travis County MUD #12
Travis County MUD #18
Travis County MUD #4
Travis County WCID #17
Travis County WCID #18
Travis County WCID #18
Travis County WCID #20
Travis County WCID Point Venture
Village of Briarcliff
West Travis County PUA
Windermere Oaks Water Supply Corporation

So, how do I set up an aeration service with Emerald Lawns?

You can call Emerald Lawns at 512-990-2199 to set up your service or fill out the contact us form on our website.

We look forward to serving you.