Lawn aeration is an essential part of lawn care and is absolutely necessary for healthy soil and grass. While the process may not guarantee immediate results or prevent diseases or fungi in the soil entirely, more often than not lawn aeration will help your grass grow better and give your lawn a better appearance. Our lawn care team in Ann Arbor Michigan is fully experienced in aeration and uses the most up to date equipment for the job. If you’re unsure whether or not you should call us to have your lawn aerated, there are several reasons why you should consider it.

Lawn aeration

What Lawn Aeration Does

Lawn aeration is simply opening up up the soil so that oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon can penetrate into the soil and the roots can breathe. Different lawn aerators open up the soil in different ways, but all of them help soften up the ground and help remove objects that clog the soil.

  • Lawn aeration allows organisms that inhabit the soil to decompose and break down substances that the grass needs for survival.
  • Lawn aeration also prevents water buildup on the ground that could suffocate the grass and allows it to drain down where the roots can soak it up.
  • Grass roots can take hold deeper in the soil and make for stronger turf.

How Often Lawns Need To Be Aerated

A lawn should be aerated at minimum of once a year, preferably in the early spring after the snow melts and before weeds start springing up. A second aeration that’s done in the mid to late fall can also help prepare the soil for spring aeration, especially before the cold winters of Ann Arbor Michigan come. If you’re a commercial property owner whose property sees frequent heavy traffic, or have sports fields or golf courses, those may need more frequent aeration of up to 4 or 5 times a year. Running a lawn aerator takes a little more time than running a lawn mower, but it can usually be done in about half a day depending on your landscape.

Types Of Lawn Aeration

Different types of lawn aerators can also affect how the process is done. Aerators usually come as either spike or plug aerators and while either one can be used, generally plug aeration is known to be more effective. Spike aeration is usually known to be more effective for a shorter period of time, but could compact the soil around the aerated holes. While plug aeration usually opens up the soil better, using this aeration method could place more stress on your lawn if done too frequently or under the wrong conditions, so generally its recommended to have both methods done.

Our Ann Arbor Michigan lawn care team uses a variety of aeration methods to meet your needs whether its for residential or commercial properties. If you want to schedule a time to have your lawn aerated or have questions or concerns about the aeration process, call us today and we’ll be happy to answer, or visit our website for more information.

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