You’ve probably seen a lawn that has recently received core aeration treatment. Small plugs of soil litter the grass, exposing the soil below. But did you know why you need to have your lawn aerated? Over time, soil can become compacted, reducing the rate of water and nutrient infiltration. This is bad for your lawn because it makes it more difficult for the grass to intake the water and nutrients it needs. Core aeration can relieve soil compaction, allowing for better flow of nutrients and water. It also stimulates root growth. Lawn thatch is another reason to get core aeration. Thatch is a loose layer of shoots, stems, and roots that develops between the grass and the soil surface. Thatch is not always a bad thing, but it can cause problems if it becomes too thick. Dry thatch can heat up and cause the roots of your lawn to dry out, and wet thatch can deprive your roots of oxygen. Thatch can also cause your lawn mower wheels to sink into the soil, resulting in a lower cut than you would like. While core aeration cannot cure severe cases of thatch, it can help reduce and manage the effects if you perform it early enough. There are many different types of equipment that can be used to core aerate lawns. These units range from large ones that you tow behind a tractor to smaller ones that you push yourself. There are also two different techniques that aerators use: ones that pull plugs out of the soil, and ones that punch holes in the soil but don’t pull out plugs. You need a trained lawn care specialist to determine which method you should use. If you cannot or do not want to perform core aeration yourself, call on the professionals at Steketee Turf Service in Caledonia, MI. We have the expertise needed to perform core aeration and any other lawn services you may require. We are a locally owned and operated lawn care company that has been in business since 1980. We are members of several organizations, including the Michigan Turf Grass Foundation, the Small Business Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association. Our service is high quality, as evidenced by our motto: making the grass greener on your side of the fence. We can personalize our programs to fit your needs. This is what truly sets us apart. We realize that a one size fits all solution doesn’t truly work for everyone’s needs. We believe in delivering the best level of customer service possible to ensure great customer satisfaction and loyalty. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, we will do what we can to rectify the issue at no additional charge.