Hollow Tine Aeration is the process of taking small plugs from the lawn, which is the best way of easing compaction and sub-surface thatch, allowing air, water and fertiliser to penetrate to the root zone. This is particularly effective at the beginning and end of the growing season. Aeration can also help the lawn through drought stress conditions; enabling water retention in the crucial root zone.

What to expect

Your lawn treatment expert will arrive on a pre-arranged date to carry out your hollow tine aeration treatment. The length of time a hollow tine aeration will take is very much dependent upon the size of the area to be treated but for an average size lawn measuring 170m2 you should expect the treatment to be completed within 1 - 2 hours. The aeration machine will be moved backwards and forwards across your lawn removing plugs from the turf as it goes. The removal of these plugs will relieve compaction and allow air, water and nutrients to circulate within the soil to the roots of the grass. Once the treatment is complete your lawn will be covered with soil plugs but do not worry it is Greensleeves policy to improve the appearance of your lawn and therefore we always rake them up and take away the debris with us.

To explain the process fully we have created the video to the right to show you what you can expect from a aeration treatment.

Why does my lawn need aerating?

Over time most soils will become compacted, squashing the particles together and reducing the grasses ability to grow well. This compaction will itself cause a number of problems, it will increase the likelihood of the lawn becoming flooded or water logged. Compacted soils are much more likely to become invested with either weeds such as daisy's or moss. The roots are unable to access the nutrient they require so the grass tends to be thin weak and pale in compacted soils.

If thatch is a problem in a lawn then the best way to reduce its impact on the turf growth is by Hollow Tine Aeration.

How often does my lawn need aerating?

A lawn cannot be over aerated as long as it is not damaged, the more often the better. As a rule Greensleeves tend to suggest that it is carried out between every 1 and 3 years but as all soil types / lawns and situations are different it is really something that needs to be discussed individually with your Lawn Manager. Your lawn manager will constantly be assessing your lawn and will highlight to you any problems they detect and advise you when they believe hollow tine aeration is required.

We remove all debris from your lawn created as a result of aeration!



Hollow Tine Aeration Diagram - Click to enlarge

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Annual Essential Treatments

Our annual essential lawn care treatments are designed to tackle specific issues your lawn may face.

Scarification Treatment


An intense raking of the lawn to remove excess thatch and improve condition.

Aeration Treatment


The removal of plugs from the lawn to reduce compaction and improve drainage.



The application of grass seed to a lawn to fill in and repair bare areas resulting from damage.

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