North Shore Milwaukee County Lawn Aeration Services
Wisconsin Lawn Care Keeps Your Grass Healthy
Superior Outdoor Services offers comprehensive lawn care services in North Shore Milwaukee County and surrounding areas. Taking proper care of your yard is one of the most important aspects of owning a home or business. Our landscapers are here to help you keep your lawn looking its best.
Lawn aeration is one of the many important steps you need to take for a healthier lawn.
Why Should You Aerate Your Lawn?
Aeration has several benefits for your lawn, as it allows water, nutrients and air to reach the roots of your grass. Over time, the soil in your yard becomes more compact due to factors like playing in the yard or mowing the grass. As the soil becomes more compact, there is less room for grass roots to grow and less air pockets for the grass to get nutrients from.
The main benefits of lawn aeration include:
- Soil compaction relief
- Allows more nutrients, water and air to reach the grass roots
- Helps grass roots grow healthier and stronger
- Helps manage lawn thatch issues
How Does Lawn Aeration Work?
Lawn aeration opens up your soil to allow your grass to grow healthier. There are two main types of aeration methods:
- Spike, or Slit, Aeration
- Plug, or Core, Aeration
Spike aeration is commonly used in DIY lawn care, because spike aerators can be significantly cheaper. The problem with spike aerators is they create much smaller holes than core aerators, because they will simply poke a hole in the ground instead of removing soil. Since the holes are so much smaller, lawn aeration would need to be done much more frequently.
Plug, or core, aeration actually removes a plug of grass and soil 2” deep and .5” in diameter. This allows for the optimal amount of nutrient and water penetration without compacting your soil further.
Superior Outdoor Services utilizes the core aeration method to give you the healthiest lawn possible.
When Should Your Lawn Be Aerated?
When you should aerate your lawn depends mostly on the type of grass you have and how compact your soil is. If your yard is prone to heavy foot traffic or you have vehicles parked on the grass, your lawn could benefit from aeration. You can also simply test your yard by poking a screwdriver in the soil. If you can’t easily poke through the soil, you will need aeration services.
Certain types of grass benefit more from aeration in the spring or fall- it depends on if the grass is warm-season or cool-season.
Wisconsin grass should be the cool season turf type, because it grows better when the weather is cooler and temperatures are around 65° to 75° Fahrenheit, while warm season turf flourishes in 80° to 95° Fahrenheit.
Cool season grass should be aerated in the fall. The most common types of cool season grass in Wisconsin include:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Perennial Ryegrass
- Fine Fescues
- Tall Fescues
There are also other types of cool season turf types including:
- Creeping Bentgrass
- Hard Fescues
- Chewings Fescues
- Red Fescues
- Rough Bluegrass
- Annual Ryegrass
If you live in warm climates and have warm season turf, you will be better off aerating in late spring or early summer. The most common types of warm season grass includes:
- Zoysia Grass
- Buffalo Grass
- Centipede Grass
- Bahia Grass