Noticing thinning grass or standing puddles of water in your lawn? Soil compaction could be the culprit. Over time, as your lawn experiences foot traffic and heavy rainfalls, soil becomes compressed, eventually suffocating grass roots. It’s not a pretty picture. But with lawn aeration from Lawn Doctor of Royal Oak/Birmingham & Lawn Doctor of Southfield & Farmington, you can beat compaction, restore your soil’s health, and grow a lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood.
Why Every Lawn Needs Aeration
Lawn aeration is simply the process of loosening soil and enabling more water, air, and nutrients to penetrate and reach the root zone. This improves airflow and produces stronger roots – and a thicker, healthier lawn in the process. But how exactly does it work?
At Lawn Doctor of Royal Oak/Birmingham & Lawn Doctor of Southfield & Farmington, we use a process called core aeration. Using an aerator, we simply punch out small plugs of grass and soil in your lawn. The plugs are left on the soil surface to decompose, infusing nutrients into your lawn. Meanwhile, once your lawn is opened up, compaction is alleviated and all those key essentials, like water and fertilizer, can once again reach roots.
Signs Your Lawn Needs Aeration
If you haven’t aerated your lawn in some time – or worse, never – then the probability of soil compaction is high. You can also look for common signs of soil compaction and thatch build-up in the form of standing puddles, thinning grass, and soil so hard you can’t dig a screwdriver into it. In addition, if you have clay soil or park vehicles on your lawn, it’s prone to compaction and you’ll need to aerate it more regularly.
Why Aeration Timing Matters for Your Lawn
At Lawn Doctor of Royal Oak/Birmingham & Lawn Doctor of Southfield & Farmington, we know you shouldn’t perform aeration at just any time of the year. Rather, you need to take your grass type into account if you want to get aeration right. Aeration should be performed just before the peak growth phase of your grass. That way, the cored out holes will fill in more quickly as grass grows. For cool season grass, aim to aerate in fall or early spring; for warm season grass, wait until late spring.
How the Royal Oak Area’s Experts in Lawn Aeration Can Help
If you’re not sure how to perform aeration properly, leave it to the experts at Lawn Doctor of Royal Oak/Birmingham & Lawn Doctor of Southfield & Farmington. We can assess your lawn, develop a custom aeration schedule for it, and even offer additional services – like power seeding – to bring your yard back to life.
At Lawn Doctor of Royal Oak/Birmingham & Lawn Doctor of Southfield & Farmington, we’re proud to offer the best in local lawn care and aeration to customers in Birmingham, Clawson, Southfield, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Franklin, Pleasant Ridge, Bingham Farms, and the surrounding areas. To schedule your free consultation, call 248.439.0072 today.