Aeration: Your Guide To Proper Lawn Care

Aeration: Your Guide To Proper Lawn Care

Lawn aeration can be an incredibly beneficial service for your lawn when done with the proper lawn aeration equipment at the right time of the year. This process, known as Core Aeration, opens the soil allowing nutrients, water, and air easier access to grass roots. This helps to thicken and restore the vitality of your lawn.

What is the Process of Aeration?

Turf aeration can be performed with a “spiker” pulled behind a tractor (usually a lawn tractor) or with a self-propelled, gas-powered machine ( R&D Landscape way) that punches holes into the lawn and extracts plugs of turf grass, thatch, and soil. Ideally, these plugs (cores) should be half to three quarters of an inch in diameter, 2 to 3 inches in length, and pulled every 6 inches on average. Rented units are often bulky, older models that require a significant amount of labor for the operator. If the labor doesn’t bother you, the results may! The rented units often don’t have the hydraulic functions that give the smooth, more accurate results that an R&D Landscape aerated lawn will!

What are the benefits of lawn aeration?

These are 5 beneficial things that Core Aeration will provide:

  1. Better Air Exchange– Aeration opens and gives your lawn roots more room to breathe. This helps strengthen your lawn by increasing the size and quality of the lawn roots.
  2. Improved Fertilizer Absorption– Since aeration opens the soil, more food reaches your turf roots which enables the grass to grow more roots!
  3. More Efficiency of Water Usage– Core Aeration allows water to flow directly to the grass roots which means rain and/or irrigation will be far more efficient.
  4. Improved Resistance– Healthier root systems are established within your turf which could prove to be beneficial when combating disease or pests.
  5. Enhanced Thatch BreakdownРMillions of beneficial microbes live in your soil and eat thatch removed by the aeration process. By eating thatch, these microbes release nutrients into you soil which  your turf absorbs

When To Aerate Your Lawn?

The best time to aerate and achieve its maximum benefits is when the grass is actively growing. In our habitat we have cool season grass, so the spring or the fall is the optimal time. Here at R&D Landscape we like to aerate in the fall due to the spring pre-emergent herbicide application. We do not want to risk disrupting that weed barrier.

What Can You Do To Help Prepare For Your R&D Landscape Core Aeration Visit?

For the best results, there are a few things that you can do to help us. The first thing would be to make sure there is no debris, lawn furniture, or toys in the lawn. The second is to mark your sprinkler heads and underground dog fence lines.

How R&D Landscape Can Help.

R&D Landscape can advise you on a full range of lawn care services that can be tailored to meet your lawn’s unique needs. At R&D Landscape we use modern, efficient lawn aeration equipment in our approach to help restore your lawn to health and beauty.

For more information, contact us today!

Paul D Park: Fertilization and Aeration Division Leader

Phone: 517-202-5543 ext. 110



R&D Landscape: ” Your 1 Stop Shop for All Things Outdoors!”

Irrigation: Keeping Your Lawn and Plants Healthy All Season

Irrigation: Keeping Your Lawn and Plants Healthy All Season

Who doesn’t enjoy having a lush green landscape surrounding your home? If you do, then you should know how important an automatic irrigation system can help you achieve this. Also, did you know about one third of your water bill comes from outdoor water use? Every time you water the lawn, garden, and landscape plants, it costs money. Many of us overspend on water and energy every year because we do not take the time to understand the balance between water conservation and managing the health of the plants we irrigate. How would you feel if you could save a third of your energy bill every year? R&D Landscape can help you move in the right direction. There are so many new innovative technologies in the irrigation industry. The old days of dragging hoses around the lawn, keeping track of weather, and making sure your lawn and landscape plants will survive through the dry spells are over! One thing is for sure, having R&D Landscape install or evaluate your current irrigation system will lead you to a healthy and lush landscape, which every beautiful outdoor landscape living space needs.

How It Works

The first step is knowing which type of system is best for you. We will assess your property, the type of plants you wish to water, and make sure to provide the right amount of hydration. Whether you need a new install or have an outdated system that needs renovation, R&D will give you options on which system is the best for long term plant health, hassle free maintenance, and will save you money on water and energy.

For more information, contact us today!!!

Phone: 517-202-5543 ext. 106
Matthew Kavanagh
Irrigation Division Leader

Mosquito Free Outdoor Living Spaces

The unofficial start to summer is coming quickly. Picnics, barbecues, and bonfires will be the outdoor norm in no time. Kids will be running through sprinklers or sliding down bright yellow slides while the adults sip drinks lounging in the shade. Grilled hotdogs, smores, and summer shandies will become staples in our diet again, but with all the joys of being outside in the summer comes one notable irritant that’s easy to forget about during the cold winter months: mosquitoes. Breaking out the flip-flops looses so much appeal when a mosquito bites the top of your foot. The memories of sprinkler soaked kids with grass blades still stuck to their legs as they come in the back door get tainted real quick when they’re also filled with the telltale little red dots from mosquito bites. So what’s the best way to clean up our yards and get back to the best the summer has to offer?


Well the place not to start is by wasting money on bug zappers or ultrasound devices. The zappers only ever attract mosquitoes from the neighbor’s yard to yours without killing them all, and they kill so much more than just mosquitoes. In fact, they often kill other bugs that are mosquito predators. You could choose the citronella option if you have a very small area and don’t mind the smell.

What if you could just enjoy the outdoors without having to put up with any special tricks or ineffective wastes of money? What if the company that already mows your lawn and keeps the dandelions at bay could give you the same hassle-free treatment regarding mosquitoes?


They can. We at R&D Landscape have certified pesticide applicators that can treat your outdoor living areas with a product that eliminates the mosquitoes altogether. The treatment kills mosquitoes and their larvae on contact and gives 1-2 months of relief from mosquitoes. So, let us give you a price and include this fantastic service in taking care of your outdoors.