The simple answer to this question is YES! Besides watering, aeration is THE MOST BENEFICIAL SERVICE you can provide your lawn. Ever wonder how golf courses achieve beautiful turf results even in the harshest of conditions? One of the main reasons is that they REGULARLY AERATE the turf! Compare the upkeep of your lawn with going to the dentist or taking care of a car. Throughout the year there are certain upkeep requirements that are necessary to maintain the overall health of your lawn. Similar to oil changes for cars, or regular cleaning of your teeth, aerating your lawn should ALWAYS be a staple in every homeowner’s lawn care program.
The ULTIMATE factor in turf health is a deep, healthy root system. The deeper the grass roots, the healthier and greener your lawn will be. Every season gravity, water, and other pressures such as traffic on the lawn naturally compact, or compress the soil. When the soil in your lawn becomes compacted, it begins to strangle the root system to the point that it is unable to develop the long, healthy roots that are essential in achieving a lush green lawn. The aeration process helps loosen compacted soil and allows vital air, water, and nutrients to better reach the root system. Simply speaking, aeration gives your soil and grass root system room to BREATHE AND THRIVE!
During the aeration process, our Professional Lawn Technician will use an aeration machine to remove plugs of soil from your lawn. The plugs that are removed by the aerator measure approximately 2 – 3 inches long, and are about the diameter of a quarter. On average, 10 plugs per square foot of lawn are removed during the aeration process. Those plugs are left on the lawn to reabsorb into the soil through watering, mowing and natural use of the lawn.
While the main goal of aeration is to reduce soil compaction and allow for the thickening of the lawn’s root system, there are many additional benefits to aeration:
The general rule of thumb is to perform an aeration ONCE ANNUALLY for our Michigan grasses. Annual aeration helps create a strong immune system for your lawn to defend against harsh summer weather, disease, and insect activity. If for some reason an aeration cannot be performed annually, the longest your lawn should go without an aeration is once every other year.
The most ideal time of year to perform an aeration is DURING THE FALL because that is when 85% of root growth takes place . Also, cool warm temperatures combined with warm soil temperatures are the perfect combination to allow the lawn to recover easily from the aeration process.