Core Aeration + Seed + Fertilizer

Revitalize Your Lawn With Our Three Step Process

At Dirt & Turf, we understand the challenges that compacted soil can cause and how it effects your ability to have a healthy lawn. Any traffic from people, dogs, or lawnmowers can make the soil even more compacted. Air space becomes limited, retarding root growth, which will lead to the deterioration of your lawn.

Compaction is the greatest on the top layer of the soil, 1 to 1 1/2 inches in depth. Core Aeration service will relieve stress 2 to 3 inches deep to increase the air, water, and nutrient exchange needed to have a beautiful lawn. Our team recommends Core Aeration services every other year to ensure healthy and thick lawns, or if you are looking for great results from your recently laid grass seed.

Starter fertilizer adds phosphorus to your soil to feed the seed and promote new growth, as well as root growth. Most bags of fertilizer do not contain phosphorus. New Jersey regulates the use of phosphorus and can only be used with seed or if a soil test shows a deficiency in the soil of phosphorus levels. Call our dedicated experts today at (732) 673-9061.


Throughout the years, naturally, soil becomes compacted, making it more difficult to have a healthy lawn. Any kind of traffic from people, dogs, and/or lawn mowers can make the soil even more compacted. Air space becomes limited, retarding root growth, which will lead to retrogression of your lawn. Compaction is the greatest on the the top layer of the soil, 1 to 1 1/2 inches in depth. This service will relieve stress 2 to 3 inches deep to increase the air, water, and nutrient exchange needed to have a beautiful lawn. Core aeration is recommended every other year or if you desire a thicker lawn, and it will also increase the results of grass seed. If a lot of traffic takes place, core aeration may be recommended more often.

When core aeration, seed, and starter fertilizer are combined, the experts at Dirt & Turf believe this is the single best service for your existing lawn, and it is the most economical way of establishing a thick lawn. This service is recommended in August, September, and October. Dirt & Turf has competitive prices with top-of-the-line products and services.

Water is vital after this service. We recommend watering 15-20 minutes per station per day.

The Benefits Of Core Aeration

  • Reduces Compaction of Soil
  • Diminishes Weed Growth
  • Relieves Stress Caused By Drought
  • It Breaks Down The Thatch Layer
  • Stimulates Root Growth
  • Enhances The Effectiveness Of Products
  • Improves Oxygen & Nutrients Availability
  • Promotes Seed Results


Dirt & Turf uses tall fescue grass seed. Tall fescue is the most durable cool-season turf grass that grows well in the sun and shade. Tall fescue is the only cool-season Turf that is drought tolerant and disease resistant. Each year, farmers continue to genetically improve the characteristics of grass seed, which has made tall fescue the best choice of grass seed in New Jersey. Not only is this a premium seed blend, but you will also be receiving plenty of it! We put enough seed down for you to have a perfect lawn in 4 to 5 weeks after this process. If after a month that’s not the case, we’ll figure out why and will guide you on exactly how to get there! Call our dedicated experts today at (732) 673-9061.

Starter fertilizer adds phosphorus to your soil to feed the seed and promote new growth, as well as root growth. Most bags of fertilizer do not contain phosphorus. New Jersey regulates the use of phosphorus and can only be used with seed or if a soil test shows deficiency in the soil of phosphorus levels.

Achieving a Lush Lawn: The Art of Proper Grass Seeding
Proper grass seeding is the cornerstone of a lush and resilient lawn, setting the stage for a vibrant carpet of green. Begin by selecting high-quality grass seed that is well-suited to your climate and soil conditions. A thorough soil preparation is essential; loosen the top layer, remove debris, and ensure a level surface to facilitate uniform seed coverage. Timing is crucial – opt for early fall or spring when temperatures are moderate, and there’s ample moisture for germination. Proper seed-to-soil contact is key for successful germination, so use a rake or seed spreader to evenly distribute the seeds. Applying a light layer of straw can help retain moisture and protect the seeds. Regular watering, especially during the initial stages, promotes germination and the establishment of strong root systems. By adhering to these steps, you pave the way for a flourishing lawn that withstands environmental stressors and showcases a carpet of healthy grass.

Ensuring Success with Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is paramount in the process of proper grass seeding. Be mindful of the recommended seeding rates for your chosen grass type to prevent overcrowding, which can lead to disease susceptibility and poor growth. To foster optimal germination, keep the soil consistently moist until the grass is well-established. Resist the temptation to mow too soon; allow the grass to reach a height of at least 3 inches before the first mowing to promote healthy root development. Adjust your watering schedule as needed, transitioning to deeper, less frequent watering to encourage deep root growth. Regular fertilization, following recommended guidelines, provides the essential nutrients for robust grass development. By investing time and attention into each step of the grass seeding process, you ensure a foundation for a resilient, beautiful lawn that enhances your outdoor space for years to come.


All types of grass have pros and cons. For New jersey lawns, other than tall fescue, grasses tend to have a thinner blades, which some could find more appealing, but they lack durability.

Perennial Ryegrass is not bad when you want quick results and can fill in little gaps you can’t see for a tighter knit lawn to help block out weeds. Unfortunately, it handles heat stress poorly and is very susceptible to disease. 100% ryegrass blend is inexpensive, but won’t look like a desired lawn, not being mixed with other types of grasses, and it will increase the chance of lawn issues in the summer.

Kentucky Bluegrass may have the best color and blade width, and bluegrass also spreads by rhizomes and stolons, filling in the little gaps in the lawn without the help of seed. Unfortunately, durability is where this grass may fail. Bluegrass must be irrigated regularly and needs full sunlight, without a tree nearby. Since irrigation often needs adjustment, bluegrass is quick to show imperfections on a sprinkler system.

Thin fescues are great for shade, especially if you like a thinner blade width. Add this grass seed to the sun and you could be an unhappy camper come summer time. Thin fescues have a similar appearance and durability as perennial ryegrass. These 3 types of grasses are what makes up a sun and shade mix bag of seed, the most popular bag of seed on the shelves, just because of the name.

Unfortunately, only half the bag is good in the sun and the other half is only good in the shade. Technically, consumers are not getting their money’s worth when it comes to this grass mixture. This is why tall fescue is the seed of choice; good in the sun, good in the shade, and very durable, while still being attractive!


Water is very important after this service. Please refer to watering instructions on our Lawn Maintenance page. Scroll past watering instruction and also look at heat stress. If you had those problems in the summer, you will have similar problems when it comes to watering seed in. See the pictures on the right. After 5 weeks from seeding, if the lawn looks like this, there is a water issue.

Mastering the Art of Lawn Hydration
Properly watering your lawn is a fundamental aspect of maintaining its health and vitality. The key to effective watering lies in consistency and timing. Watering your lawn deeply and infrequently encourages the development of a robust root system. Aim to provide your lawn with approximately 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, either through rainfall or irrigation. Early morning is the optimal time for watering, as it allows the grass blades to dry before evening, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Avoid watering during the heat of the day, as much of the water can be lost to evaporation. Furthermore, be attentive to your lawn’s specific needs based on factors such as soil type, grass species, and local climate conditions. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly, being mindful not to overwater, which can lead to shallow roots, lawn diseases, and water runoff.

Utilizing Smart Watering Practices
In addition to proper timing and frequency, smart watering practices play a crucial role in efficient lawn care. Invest in a quality sprinkler system or irrigation method that provides even coverage across your lawn. Check for and promptly fix any leaks or malfunctions to ensure uniform watering. Implementing a deep-root watering technique encourages the grass to develop a more resilient and drought-tolerant root system. Pay attention to signs of dehydration, such as wilting or a bluish tint to the grass, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Use rain gauges or soil moisture sensors to gauge when your lawn needs watering, allowing you to avoid unnecessary irrigation during periods of adequate rainfall. By incorporating these practices into your lawn care routine, you not only conserve water but also foster a strong, healthy turf that can better withstand environmental stressors.

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John P
John P
Pat and his team exemplify everything you want in a service company; they are professional, very responsive and most importantly, they get results! 'Ive only been using Dirt and Turf for a few months and my lawn has been transformed from a baron, patchy mix of weeds and grass to no weeds and significant new grass growth. Im surprised how quickly D&T achieved these results. Pat is extremely knowledgable and knew exactly what my lawn needed and Im confident it's only going to get better from here. 100% recommend Pat and his team.
Ramprasad Kotagiri
Ramprasad Kotagiri
Happy to see positive outcome from the lawncare program. Weeds are gone and now i see only healthy green grass in my lawn!
Aniela Sullivan
Aniela Sullivan
Very responsive and courteous.
Jude Welsh
Jude Welsh
The program they provide for someone like me who struggles with keeping up a lawn is a no-brainer. I have neighbors are jealous of the way my lawn looks ALL season long whether wet or drought conditions my lawn remains green with minimal watering. Service is outstanding and environmentally safe.
Carole Masters
Carole Masters
We have had a very good lawn with no worries since using Dirt & Turf.
James Grenafege
James Grenafege
They have a five phase seasonal schedule that addresses weed and bug control that works for me. They offer other services, such as full lawn seeding, that I may use in the future. This is my fifth season with them and I am very satisfied with the results—lawn has improved each year.
Jamie M
Jamie M
I have been using Dirt and Turf for more than 10 years. My lawn looks great! They are very reliable and helpful.