Lawn aeration remains a recommended lawn care practice and with good reason. As lawns age or see lots of traffic, their soil compacts. This constricts grass roots, robbing them of the oxygen that they need to grow.
Compact soil also prevents grass roots from absorbing the nutrients and water that they need to stay healthy. The result? Lawn deterioration and poor top growth.
But did you know that traditional aeration only impacts between three to five percent of your yard? In other words, that’s the percentage of lawn that actually sees the holes associated with aeration.
What’s more, traditional aeration also leads to an unsightly mess with 1/2 to 3/4 inch plugs strewn across the yard. Fortunately, there’s a better way to keep your lawn in tiptop shape, liquid aeration.
Read on to find out more about the benefits of this process.
Signs Your Lawn Needs Liquid Aeration
After watering your yard or after a rain shower, do you see pools of water on your lawn? Have you noticed many worn areas, as if your yard looks threadbare in high-traffic areas? Or, maybe your grass has a heavy thatch build-up?
In each of these cases, liquid aeration presents an easy, affordable, and practical solution. What’s more, it improves lawn health and appearance better than other soil amendments.
But the signs you need liquid aeration don’t stop there. It also helps with lawns with low water retention and lots of run-off, and it provides an excellent solution for soil that is compacted.
So, how does liquid aeration work, and is it right for you?
What Is Liquid Aeration?
Understanding liquid aeration starts with an understanding of the principles behind traditional or mechanical aeration. Mechanical aeration pulls cylindrical plugs of soil from the ground. These plugs are deposited on the top of your lawn.
The space made by the plugs allows nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the soil where they can begin to repair the damage done by soil compaction. You see, grass roots need more than water and soil to thrive.
They also need oxygen and a variety of nutrients. Core aeration allows oxygen and nutrients to work better by loosening the soil. It also helps your lawn to make more efficient use of watering as the holes retain water better.
Liquid aeration takes core aeration to the next level. The process begins with a wetting agent that allows the ingredients in the liquid aeration product to permeate the soil.
The wetting agent can be made from an eco-friendly material such as the yucca plant. A good liquid aeration product also contains bacteria or enzymes that break down thatch and dense clay particles creating humus.
Humus remains the foundation of nutrient-rich soil.
While liquid aeration doesn’t work as quickly as core aeration, its impact proves far more enduring.
The Liquid Aeration Difference
One of the major differences between core aeration and liquid aeration is the actual application process. Liquid aeration simply involves spraying the product on the lawn instead of manually poking holes in it.
In order to create these holes, you must use a plug aerator tool. These heavy-duty coring machines are easy to use. But they still require an expensive tool.
The great thing about liquid aeration is that no tools or equipment are required. You simply have your lawn service spray it on and wait for the combination of microbes and nutrients to go to work.
They immediately begin enriching the soil and encouraging the development of humus. Humus improves the quality of the soil without the need for messy, smelly manures or other soil additives.
Although denser soil containing clay might require more applications, liquid aeration allows for multiple applications throughout the year.
Core Aeration Versus Liquid Aeration
When it comes to core aeration versus liquid aeration, there are some clear advantages. Manual aeration requires pushing holes into your lawn. This, in essence, represents another form of compaction.
And remember what we said earlier about core aeration only reaching between three to five percent of your lawn? This means the effect proves largely superficial.
What’s more, core aeration requires significant manual labor, with hours spent in the hot sun. That translates into higher costs from your lawn service.
But with liquid aeration, they can have your application wrapped up in less than an hour. All it takes is a quick spray.
Clearly, liquid aeration proves more energy, time, and cost-efficient. And, more importantly, you end up with a healthier lawn and richer soil.
An Environmentally-Friendly Ally
Besides all of the many advantages of liquid aeration, it also proves more environmentally-friendly. The solution sprayed on your lawn is 100 percent safe for the environment.
That means you can have a green, beautiful lawn while still investing in the future. And you don’t have to worry about the liquid harming nearby plant life.
It also is safe for children and pets.
In other words, you don’t have to wait for hours before your kids and pets can get back outside. This proves especially beneficial since you can apply the product throughout the season.
Taking care of your lawn is a chore. There are no two ways about it. But you don’t have to add liquid aeration to the mix.
What’s more, it’s easily done by your lawn care service.
Instead of opting for traditional aeration and all of its inherent mess and inconsistent results, give liquid aeration a try. You’ll be amazed by the verdant, cool lawn between your toes.
Let Us Make Your Lawn Amazing
There’s nothing more amazing than an impeccable lawn. One where your kids and their friends spend hours playing. And one where you can enjoy an afternoon barbecue without worrying about dry spots and rough patches.
Make an investment in your future by trying liquid aeration today. Not only will you be amazed by the results but your family will thank you for creating a gorgeous lawn that’s eco-friendly and sustainable.
If you’d like to learn more about liquid aeration or are ready to book our services contact us today. We’re passionate about giving people the healthy, green, wonderful lawn of their dreams.