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What is Lawn Aeration?


Aeration equipment removes 1.5 – 3 inch plugs of soil to allow moisture, air & nutrients down to the root zone. A double aeration includes two passes in opposite directions to multiply the opportunity for a successful lawn.

Why is lawn aeration necessary?


Reduces soil compaction – Just as you wouldn’t try to plant a flower in concrete… a rock hard, compacted soil bed is not conducive to a great lawn either! Whether or not you are over-seeding this year, loose soil allows grass roots to plunge deeper into the soil to find vital water resources in times of stress.

Reduces thatch – Thatch is made up of grass stems and roots that accumulate faster than they breakdown. Excessive thatch creates an environment that is favorable to pests and disease.

Allows access to the root zone – By penetrating the soil, you’re allowing moisture, air, food (fertilizer) down to the root zone where nutrients are absorbed.

Enhances seed germination – Grass seeds germinate easily in aerator holes as the holes provide them a place to hide. Grass seed must be in direct contact with topsoil to germinate and will not germinate in thatch.

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Alternative options to Aeration:
Power raking and slice seeding are not appropriate for mature lawns. These destructive practices tear the roots of the established grass plants causing extensive damage and forces a restart of your lawn instead of a gentle fall rejuvenation.

The Dowco Difference: Dowco will upgrade your single aeration to a double aeration at no additional charge with the purchase of seed & starter mulch. 

Click here to read Step 2: Over-Seeding

Aeration at Dowco
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    Patty P. – Chesterfield
  • I have been a happy Dowco client since 2006. Their service is second to none. They are always on time for weekly maintenance such as mowing as well as special landscape projects such as mulching, pruning or planting. Their snow plowing and irrigation service businesses are also very well run. They always have well maintained vehicles and equipment and only hire professional and courteous employees.

    A. Sears – Chesterfield Resident & Subdivision Trustee Chesterfield Resident
  • Dowco has been the provider of my lawn care services for many years.  My lawn is the envy of my neighbors because it is always lush and green.  I have also used their landscaping services and have several beautiful beds.  I always welcome their visit because their staff is professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.  My neighbor now uses Dowco for his lawn care services because he loved what he saw.

    Janice K. – Ballwin Client
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    Nancy B., – HCCP Properties Property Company
  • “Dowco has been doing a terrific job for our subdivision for many years. We are very happy with their service, professional attitude and knowledge of all areas of the landscaping business. I feel Kelly is an extension of our trustees with her interest, concern and dedication to our subdivision. Thanks for all you do!”

    E. Ferretti – Subdivision Trustee
  • I have been using Dowco for the last several years, and I have been very pleased with their service! The technicians are courteous and they always make sure that the job is done right, every time. We have also used Dowco for special projects and landscaping work, and that has been terrific as well.

    J. Olsen
  • “We have appreciated the care that you’ve given our yard for the last 20 some years. We always get compliments!”

    Ken & Sally B. Chesterfield residents
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    A. Ahrens – Chesterfield Resident
  • Dowco is one of the best lawn and garden maintenance companies because of its great culture of quality work and customer service.

    John D.
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    Sue B. Chesterfield Resident
  • “We have always found Dowco to be professional, prompt and caring.  Their staff takes pride in their work and it shows! As a trustee of our subdivision, I can easily say that we will continue to use Dowco for all of our services for our neighborhood.  For over nine years Dowco has provided all of our outdoor services with professional service and care. I am so confident in their abilities I also use them at my residence.” 

    D. Bray – Chesterfield Resident and Subdivision Trustee
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    Besides the design itself, the guys planting were extremely courteous and exceptionally hard working. We appreciated how they checked in with us to make sure things were going as we had hoped. On top of all that, the guys got it all done quickly and on our schedule.

    We are very, very happy with the whole process, and of course the end result. Thank you! We will be calling you guys again.


    Smith Residence Chesterfield residents
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    Fred W. Chesterfield Resident
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    John R. – Town & Country Resident
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    M. Boes – Chesterfield Client
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    Also, they spread mulch for us and it still looks good, throughout the summer. Fabulous. Thank you.
    B. Kerch – Chesterfield Client
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    Randy N. – Ladue Resident
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    S. Schultz – Subdivision Trustee
  • Thank you Dowco for your excellent lawn care service you provide to us on a yearly basis! We greatly appreciate your professionalism, attention to detail, friendliness, and punctual service for all of our lawn care needs! Over the years, we have had neighbors witness your service technicians working on our lawn, have noticed the final product of their work and have asked for a referral to your company which we have happily provided. We have used your service for over 10 years and will continue to do so for many years to come! Thank you again for the outstanding lawn service you have provided and continue to provide for us.

    With great appreciation,

    Gene & Carol H. – Wildwood Residents Wildwood Residents
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    K. Heyer – Chesterfield Client & Subdivision Trustee
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    Joe G. -Chesterfield Resident