Have a question for anyone from a hypothetical point. Generally after laying sod on a new lawn, you don't aerate the first year. However since tall fescue struggled mightily this first year and by nature fescure doesn't really go down very far unless the soil is not compacted and aerated regulalarly. Also with sod (instead of seed), you have that straw layer in there that the sod growers use to encourage the fescue to grow into and take hold quickly. Unfortuntely that also works against the sod growing into the topsoil for two years as well. Anyhow, my crazy idea - has anyone aerated in the spring soon after laying sod to try and encourage deeper root growth. You would puncture the straw layer that the sod came with as well instead of waiting a couple years for it to decompose. Anyhow, just a thought and wondering if anyone actually went against the "dont aerate the first year" philosophy.