Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?

What is Aeration?

Aerating creates small holes in your grass soil which allows vital nutrients, water, and air to reach the roots of your grass. Seasonal aeration helps sustain long-lasting health in your turf. Aerating makes your lawn stronger overall, which make its upkeep easier for you.

Heavily thatched or compacted soil can be bad news for your grass. The nutrients it needs may not be able to reach the roots, which could starve your grass and prevent it from growing well.

When Should I Aerate My Lawn?

The best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season. This is because your grass will be most active and able to heal and patch itself. After a lawn is aerated, it will rebound stronger and healthier than before. For cool season grass, the best time for aeration is early spring or fall. Warm season grass is best in late spring. Not sure what type of grass you have? Temperate climates, such as in Michigan, will most likely have cool season lawns that are better adapted for cold weather.

Other signs that you should regularly aerate your lawn, is if your lawn gets heavy foot traffic. This is also true if your property is part of new construction, as the soil could be heavily compacted by construction traffic.

Additionally, soil that dries out easily or has a spongy texture could mean that it needs aeration. Built up thatch can contribute to lawn compaction, which could potentially starve your grass. A simple aeration could be all your lawn needs to spring to life!

Core Aeration vs. Spike Aeration

There are two main types of aeration, spike aeration, and core aeration. While both methods serve the same purpose, core aeration is the preferred method. Core aeration is also known as plug aeration. Instead of simply impaling the ground, core aeration carves a “plug” of earth out of your lawn, leaving a cylindrical-hole. These particular gaps are optimized to allow the maximum amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients to reach grass roots.

While aeration machine rentals are available, lawn care companies such as Lush Lawn maintain the highest quality equipment for aeration and have the experience to get the job done well and hassle-free.

Aeration for Better Lawn Health

Seasonal aeration can work wonders for your lawn, helping it stay healthy throughout the year. Aeration allows grass to better access the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, help prevent lawn diseases, and gives grass room to grow. Whether you do it yourself, or you hire a lawn service to handle it for you, we highly recommend that you take aeration seriously!

Looking for aeration services? Lush Lawn has been serving SE Michigan for nearly 15 years. We have the equipment and experience to take care of your lawn and keep it lush. Contact us today for a FREE estimate on our aeration services.