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Everything You Need to Know About Liquid Aeration

What is Aeration?

More often than not, when people have Aeration in mind, it is the kind where a machine is used to poke holes in the ground or pull soil-core plugs out of the ground. There are more ways than one to aerate the soil though and, believe it or not, the molehill you may detest so much is actually a sign nature is aerating your lawn for free!

Reasons Your Lawn May Need Aeration

  • • The soil in your yard is compacted.
  • • Water collects in spots or all over the lawn after irrigation or rainfall.
  • • Water retention is low and it appears that most of the water is running straight off your lawn when you try to water it.
  • • There are many worn areas in your lawn, possibly from high foot traffic.
  • • Your lawn has a lot of thatch built up.
  • • No reason. Aerating once annually, even if you have none of these problems, is just as vital for the soil and your lawn’s root system as air is for you and me!

How Does Liquid Aeration Work?

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Liquid aerators work differently compared to manual core aeration. As mentioned above, instead of physically poking holes in the soil, you’re spraying a solution over the lawn.

Since it’s a liquid solution this eliminates the need for equipment or tools unlike traditional methods which include the use of a spike or core aerator.

The power behind these solutions is an active ingredient that is similar to what you find in soap called ammonium lauryl sulfate.

This substance is classified as an anionic surfactant as it holds a negative ionic charge. Clay soil is also negatively charged and if you remember from chemistry class while opposites attract, two like charges will repel each other.

This makes ammonium lauryl sulfate perfect for the dispersion of clay particles, and in high concentration is a gentle, yet effective topsoil conditioner.

After spraying the lawn, the solution will get to work by breaking down the dense soil particles creating small pores in the profile to help loosen the soil. The pores allow more air, water, and nutrients to reach deeper, which promotes healthy root growth.

Aeration is about more than just creating airways in the dirt. It improves the quality of the soil.

As the roots grow deeper and more essential nutrients are made readily available, you’ll be able to enjoy greener grass and healthier plants.

Why Choose Liquid Over Manual Aeration?

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There is no doubt that core aeration works and is an effective method to loosening soil.

However, manual aeration may not always be viable for some homeowners who may need to look at other options, such as using liquids instead.

Manual aeration can have several drawbacks whether you use a spike aerator or a coring machine.

Spike aerators are sold as tools that you manually press into the ground. There are also spiked shoes designed for aeration. With these tools, you are physically pressing down onto the soil to create air pockets.

For folks with larger yards, this can be time consuming, physically exhausting, and inefficient.

On the other hand, there are powered coring machines that take some of the back-breaking work out of the equation.

Although, they are still time-consuming and are oftentimes costly. This is considering that you have to rent one of these machines, do the job, and return it.

This is part of the reason why liquid solutions are an attractive option.

More reasons to choose liquid over manual aeration:

  • • Saves time and energy
  • • Cost effective
  • • Easy, versatile applications
  • • Can be applied throughout the year
  • • Gentlest way of aerating your lawn
  • • Contains other ingredients that further condition the soil

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