O.K so it's warm outside now for the first time in several months right. The ground is no longer frozen. The grass is beginning to green up, but yet there seems to be a couple small areas that just don't seem to be as long and healthy as the rest of the lawn. Come to think about it, it's been like that for a while now hasn't it.

Have the kids been playing in the lawn and come in all banged and bruised as if they slid across the concrete. Are you trying to do a little digging for something and it just seems impossible to dig in theses areas.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, it sounds like you may have compacted soil. Compacted soil is just as it sounds. Where the soil is extremely compacted making it difficult for the lawn to perform at its best.

Is it O.K that the soil is compacted: Compacted soil is a very unhealthy environment for turf grass to grow in and many problems could arise as a result.

Can I loosen the soil easily: Yes, it is not difficult to loosen your soil to reduce the compaction and provide a healthier environment and better growing conditions.

What do I do to loosen the soil: The best way to loosen your soil is to do a core aeration. A core aeration will pull enough plugs out of the lawn and place them on the surface and in return loosens the soil.

How do I do a core aeration: There are step by step instructions on the How To page.