Core Aeration Service

Lawns come with a basic set of needs: air, water, nutrients, sunlight and room to grow. When soil becomes compacted — typically a product of pressure from foot traffic or heavy machines — lawns fail to get these needs met. Compacted soil has a reduced pore space, which prevents oxygen, moisture and fertilizer from reaching the grass roots and limits their area to expand.

Core aeration services from Lush Lawn are designed to counteract soil compaction and the issues that come with it. Not only will you improve the health of your lawn in the present, but you’ll be well on your way to a better looking lawn in the future.

What Is Core Aeration?

Core aeration is a type of lawn aeration that uses a plug aerator to remove plugs of soil, creating holes in compacted soil. These small holes help the soil breathe and create routes through which nutrients can enter the soil and penetrate through to grass roots. The plugs that were removed stay on top of your lawn where they break down and return nutrients back to the soil.

Core aeration is one of the most popular types of lawn aeration, and for good reason. As the name suggests, plug aerators used for core aeration mechanically remove plugs from the soil — creating true breathing room for the soil and the grass. Spike aeration, on the other hand, uses a machine with solid tines to poke holes into the soil, creating gaps that are likely to be covered quickly once again.

How We Approach Lawn Aeration

At Lush Lawn, our core aeration service helps lawns stay lush and healthy year-round. Using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure optimal results, we give lawns the room they need to absorb nutrients — all while eliminating areas of standing water that can lead to lawn diseases. We recommend at least one core aeration service in the spring or fall, and even better if you’re able to aerate twice per season.

Please note that we do not thatch or power rake lawns. A small layer of thatch actually helps grass store nutrients, while its breakdown invites microbial activity into soil that ultimately helps nutrients circulate through the ground. Plugging your turf with an aerator reduces the amount of thatch, but doesn’t fully remove it — a much healthier process for your lawn in the long run.

With the goal of improving the health of your soil, we recommend pairing our core aeration service with our soil treatment programs. Based on your soil test results, we’ll help you find the optimal program to improve your soil structure and provide plants with the nutrients they need.

In combination with our fall aeration service, we also offer overseeding as well. Applying lawn seed after aeration improves the contact that seed has with the soil, and thus results in a better germination rate. Beyond thickening your lawn, overseeding can help even out the appearance of your lawn over time as well minimize or get rid of weeds and undesirable grasses.

The Benefits of Our Lawn Aeration Services

When you invest in our core aeration service, you can expect to:

  • Give your grass roots better access to air, water and other nutrients that fuel growth
  • Manage layers of thatch on your lawn so as to reduce potential pest or disease issues
  • Improve soil drainage to avoid ponding of water around homes and stormwater runoff
  • Better prepare grass for the stress of summer droughts and freezing winter temperatures

Interested in Our Core Aeration Service? Contact Your Closest Lush Lawn Branch for More Information.

    Grand Blanc Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: Burton, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Linden, Swartz Creek, Holly and more.

    Waterford Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: White Lake, Commerce Township, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Highland, Lake Angelius, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake and more.

    Canton Lawn Service and the surrounding areas:  Livonia, Westland, Plymouth, Northville, Farmington Hills.

    Rochester Hills Lawn Service and the surrounding areas:  Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Detroit, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Hunting Woods, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester, Royal Oak, Southfield, and Troy.

    Brighton Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: Ann Arbor, South Lyon, Canton, Northville, Plymouth, Livonia, Pinckney and more.

    Saginaw Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: Clio, Birch Run, Frankenmuth, Bay City, Midland and more.

Weed Control Service

While weeds can be an unsightly addition to any lawn, their presence signifies much deeper issues. From the space they take up to the nutrients they absorb, weeds inevitably compete with healthy grass, causing it to become weaker and more susceptible to disease and pests. In this weakened state, lawns tend to grow thinner with bare spots — the type of conditions in which weeds thrive, and existing problems continue to spread.

At Lush Lawn, we’ve developed a comprehensive weed control program that eliminates current weed problems and protects your lawn for the future. That’s less time you’ll spend fighting back against weeds and more time to enjoy your outdoor space.

How Does Weed Control Work?

When weed control products are applied to lawns, they interfere with weed growth by stopping root formation. In the case of pre-emergent herbicides applied before seeds germinate, products inhibit cellular division within the root system. In the case of post-emergent herbicides applied after seeds germinate, products move down the plant stem to the root system and kill weeds.

clover weed yard

One way weed control products are often categorized is selective and nonselective. Whereas a nonselective product does not distinguish between different plant types and kills upon contact, a selective product targets only specific plants (per the product label) and leaves others alone.

For this reason, selective products tend to be the most suitable option for residential lawns.

Common Weeds in Southeast Michigan

In Southeast Michigan, there are a number of weed populations that tend to emerge year after year. Here are some of the most common ones — several of which are difficult to remove:

  • Clover
  • Poison Oak
  • Spurge
  • Purslane
  • Henbit
  • Yellow Rocket
  • Wild Plantain
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Strawberry
  • Wild Violet
  • Nutsedge
  • Chickweed
  • Knotweed
  • Black Medic
  • Dock
  • Veronica
  • Buckthorn
  • Dandelions

Our Weed Control Services Help Homeowners Fight Back

Weed control services are one of the main components of our lawn care program — and are included with the price of our lawn fertilizer applications. The program includes blanket liquid weed control applications in both the spring and the fall, as well as spot treatments for any remaining weeds when our technicians stop by to fertilize throughout the seasons. We’re also proud to offer free service calls to retreat for weeds between applications when at least five applications are scheduled.

While many of our customers are interested in both fertilization and weed control, we also recognize that some Southeast Michigan homeowners are focused solely on weed removal. That’s why we also offer a residential program for only weed control. This standalone program features three herbicide applications — and in conjunction with our free service calls in-between visits, guarantees to take care of all your broadleaf weeds.

Interested in Our Professional Weed Control Services? Contact Your Local Lush Lawn Branch for More Information.

Lawn Fertilizer Service & Weed Control

It’s very important to know when to fertilize lawns in Michigan. That’s because a proper lawn fertilizer schedule will provide your turf with the right amount of nutrients it needs to thrive—no matter what time of year it is.

 

We offer a 7-step lawn fertilization plan that benefits your lawn in two ways:  Our applications are carefully designed to give your Southeast Michigan lawn the right amount of nutrients at the perfect time.  And our fertilizer also provides weed control.

 

But timing is everything and Lush Lawn has it down to a science. So, let’s break down our step-by-step lawn fertilization program. 

Lawn Fertilizer Schedule: Michigan 

ROUND 1 – EARLY SPRING

Our March/April application features an all-granular time-released lawn fertilizer. lawn fertilization schedule

It infuses your soil and root system with vital nutrients to help your lawn recover from dormancy at maximum health

This application may contain a liquid pre-emergent to control crabgrass, along with blanket weed control, depending on the temperature and date of application.

ROUND 2 – LATE SPRING 

This fertilization treatment is applied in late April/May. It contains a nitrogen-rich all-granular fertilizer, liquid pre-emergent, and liquid blanket weed control that will: 

Ensures your ​grass won’t run out of essential nutrients during a time of explosive growth.

Remove any newly germinated weeds throughout the property. 

Help prevent germination and growth of crabgrass and other seed-borne weeds later in the season. Note that the pre-emergent may have been applied during Round 1 depending on soil conditions and the date of the first application.

ROUND 3 – EARLY SUMMER  

This application will be applied in June. It will give your lawn that deep green color. It’s all-granular, time-released lawn fertilizer and spot weed control. lawn fertilizer schedule

The goal is to reintroduce nutrients to maintain healthy growth as the seasons move from spring to summer. It also provides our technician an opportunity to treat the remaining weeds and diagnose any issues that may be present in your lawn.

ROUND 4 – MID-SUMMER 

In July we’ll re-introduce nutrients to your lawn. This application maintains healthy growth during the hottest summer months. It continues a time-released, all granular fertilizer and spot weed control.

Our technician will also treat any remaining weeds while on site.

ROUND 5 – LATE SUMMER 

We’ll put our late-summer application down in August. It re-introduces even more nutrients to maintain healthy growth as summer ends.

ROUND 6 – EARLY FALL

In the fall we’re thinking about stimulating root growth and adding a blanket of weed control. So, in September we apply a time-released, all granular fertilizer that features a robust infusion of nutrients.

lawn fertilization schedule

This helps maintain healthy growth throughout the fall growing season.

Your technician will also make sure there aren’t any undiagnosed issues present in your ​turf.

ROUND 7 – LATE FALL

The final lawn care treatment is done in October. It’s an all-granular fertilizer that contains a blend of macronutrients to get your lawn ready for winter. 

Our winterizer also helps reduce the chances of snow mold developing in the spring.

 

Contact Lush Lawn Today

Lush Lawn’s fertilizer schedule is second to none. And we provide a variety of additional lawn care services that will keep your entire yard healthy. lawn fertilizer schedule

We won’t be happy until you have a ​yard that’s lush, green, and weed-free! Please contact the Lush Lawn branch in your area to start a fertilizer application schedule today.

Grand Blanc Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: Burton, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Linden, Swartz Creek, Holly and more.

Waterford Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: White Lake, Commerce Township, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Highland, Lake Angelius, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake and more.

Canton Lawn Service and the surrounding areas:  Livonia, Westland, Plymouth, Northville, Farmington Hills.

Rochester Hills Lawn Service and the surrounding areas:  Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Detroit, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Hunting Woods, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester, Royal Oak, Southfield, and Troy.

Brighton Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: Ann Arbor, South Lyon, Canton, Northville, Plymouth, Livonia, Pinckney and more.

Saginaw Lawn Service and the surrounding areas: Clio, Birch Run, Frankenmuth, Bay City, Midland and more.