We have an established lawn here in northeastern Illinois (sodded in front, seeded in back) all planted 12 years ago. How often should we aerate it?
I have seen some people recommend doing this annually.
Others describe "the screwdriver test" to check for compaction: If you can push a screwdriver into the ground easily then the soil is not compacted and (so these folks say) does not need aeration.
I'm curious to hear your opinion. Thanks.