You know you need to mow and water regularly to achieve a healthy lawn. But did you also know you should aerate too? If you don’t, soil becomes compacted and actually compresses roots, causing them to suffocate. Not only that, but water and nutrients can’t reach the root zone. No food and water equals unhealthy grass – and an unhappy lawn. But with aeration from Lawn Doctor of Hudsonville-Grandville, we can cut compaction, get more key essentials into the roots, and produce a lush, healthy lawn… guaranteed.
How Lawn Aeration Works
Over time, from heavy yard use or parking vehicles on your lawn, the soil becomes compressed, thatch builds up, and your lawn needs to be aerated. When this happens, there are two different methods to use. Spike aeration perforates the soil with spikes on a roller. Core aeration, which is the approach Lawn Doctor of Hudsonville-Grandville uses, removes cores or plugs of soil and thatch from throughout your lawn. Not only is this method more effective, but it also produces better, longer lasting results, including:
- Roots that grow deeper and stronger
- More efficient water and fertilizer absorption
- Enhanced air flow
- Better ability to absorb heat
- A thicker, more vibrant lawn in the weeks and months following lawn aeration
Determining if Your Lawn Needs Aeration
At Lawn Doctor of Hudsonville-Grandville, we know that every lawn needs aeration at one time or another. So if you’re seeing thinning or bare spots, or standing puddles of water, your soil could be compacted. Likewise, if you park vehicles on your lawn or have clay soil, your lawn is more prone to compaction and should be aerated more frequently. If you’re uncertain whether or not soil compaction is a problem, then simply take a screwdriver and dig it into the ground. If it’s a challenge, then your soil is likely compacted and needs to be aerated.
Times of the Year for Aeration
If you know your soil is compacted, don’t perform aeration without knowing your grass type first. That’s because different grass types should be aerated at different times of the year, just prior to the peak growing phase. That way, holes will quickly fill in with new grass. For cool season grass (like Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass), the best times of the year to perform aeration are fall and early spring. For warm season grass (Bermuda and Buffalo, for instance), wait until the end of spring to aerate.
Turn to Lawn Doctor of Hudsonville-Grandville for Aeration Expertise
You can certainly rent an aerator and perform the job yourself. However, the equipment is unwieldy and one mistake can cause serious damage to your turf. That’s why we recommend using a professional service for lawn aeration. Experienced technicians, like those at Lawn Doctor of Hudsonville-Grandville, can perform aeration properly and get your lawn breathing again – while you enjoy a day off.
To get started or schedule your free consultation, call Lawn Doctor of Hudsonville-Grandville today at 616.209.4270. We proudly provide lawn aeration services to homeowners in Hudsonville, Jenison, Byron Center, Grand Rapids, Allendale, Walker, and select areas west of US131.