Core aeration is a lawn care service that consists of using an aerator machine to pull cores, or plugs, of soil from the ground. This process relieves soil compaction and helps reduce any thatch buildup on your lawn. Another reason to schedule this service is that it creates channels in your soil that nutrients and other resources like sunlight, air, and water can use to reach the roots of your grass. This service should be scheduled in the fall here in Michigan. That's because lawns in this area are comprised of cool-season grass, which is at its strongest when the weather is cool, so lawns will be best equipped to endure this stressful process during the fall. Make sure you schedule this service annually to ensure your soil never becomes too compacted!

Core aeration relieves soil compaction and reduces thatch buildup.

Compacted soil can be detrimental to the health of your lawn. This can be caused by various reasons like foot traffic, the weight of heavy machinery like lawn mowers, rainfall, and more. When the soil is compacted, it makes it difficult for nutrients and other resources to penetrate deep into the ground where the roots of your grass reside. Core aeration is designed to remedy this issue by removing small cores of soil, loosening it in the process.

Another benefit of core aeration is that it reduces thatch buildup. Thatch is a layer of dead grass and debris that builds up at the surface of your lawn over time. When thatch accumulates on your lawn, it can block your grass from accessing the nutrients and resources it needs to grow healthy and strong. To combat this problem, core aeration is the best option. Aerating your lawn removes thatch buildup from the surface of your turf, allowing those vital resources to more easily reach the roots of your grass.

Core aeration makes it easier for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass.

During the aeration process, cores of soil will be removed from your lawn, leaving behind tiny holes. This is very beneficial to your lawn because nutrients and other resources can use those holes to reach the roots of your grass. With improved access to these nutrients and resources, your grass will have everything it needs to grow healthy and strong.

Overseeding your lawn directly after it has been aerated can help you achieve a dense, lush lawn!

Why should you perform core aeration in the fall?

In Michigan, most cool-season lawns consist of cool-season grass types like fescue, rye, and Kentucky bluegrass, which thrive when the temperatures are cool. That's why you should schedule core aeration in the fall; the cool temperatures encourage healthy growth, allowing your grass to flourish before the harsh winter months set in. Additionally, core aeration should be performed in the fall because your lawn will be strong enough to withstand the process. Aeration is an invasive process that can actually be detrimental to the health of your grass if performed at the wrong time. You'll want to make sure your grass will be able to endure the process and be able to fully recover. By aerating your lawn early enough in the fall, it should be able to bounce back before winter sets in!

Because your grass can get compacted every year, especially during the summer when your lawn will likely be used often, you'll want to schedule an aeration service annually. Doing so will help keep your soil loose so that it can always access the nutrients and resources that it needs to reach its full potential.

Give us a call today to schedule our core aeration service.

At Outdoor Expressions Landscaping, we offer our core aeration service to properties in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, and throughout the surrounding areas in Michigan. We recommend scheduling our core aeration service in the fall because it is crucial to help your lawn prepare for the upcoming winter season. If you’re ready to reap all the benefits that come with core aeration, give us a call today at (517) 333-7999 to schedule this service.