Aerating your lawn is one of those necessary tasks to keep your grass healthy, thick, and greener than ever. But liquid aeration can provide several benefits over more traditional mechanical core aeration methods.
We'll list five reasons why this is the case shortly. But before we get into the specifics of why liquid lawn aeration is the best method, it's vital to understand why the process of aeration is so crucial to bringing out the best of your lawn each and every year.
What is Lawn Aeration?
Aeration should be treated with as much respect as you give to your routine fertilizing and mowing. It's a vital undertaking, and you'll soon notice the difference to your lawn when you carry it out correctly.
In terms of the procedure itself, aerating grass helps to get more air into your soil beneath the grass, precisely as it sounds. By opening up and loosening the subsoil, air, water, and those all-important nutrients can penetrate deep into the soil. A well-aerated lawn will grow much more luscious and healthy grass, making your neighbors who didn't get round to it very jealous!
Why Should You Aerate Your Lawn?
Many amateur gardeners sometimes fail to understand that the health of their lawn and grassed areas depends on the health of their soil. Over time, soil compacts, squeezing out the vital air required for healthy growth.
This is particularly true during the colder winter months, particularly if your grass is under the weight of snow for a prolonged period. By aerating your lawn in the months of spring, you can allow your lawn to almost literally "breathe" again, stimulating new growth.
But aeration goes beyond merely alleviating soil compaction. The process also helps to roots to grow deeper, reaching more nutrients to facilitate thicker and more vigorous growth. It also removes the thick layer of thatch that often builds up during the year.
Thatch refers to a layer of organic materials within the topsoil that makes it hydrophobic (water repellent) that builds up if grassed areas are left to their own devices. Thatch forms a barrier to moisture, nutrient contribution, and air circulation, effectively suffocating your grass.
The combination of compacted soil and thatch harms the drainage abilities of your lawn. In fact, standing water is the most visible symptom of your yard, requiring immediate action and attention.
When Should You Aerate?
The most crucial time for aeration is spring, especially if your lawn has just endured a harsh winter. By using a liquid lawn aerator, you can breathe new life into a lawn suffering from compacted soil and a suffocating layer of thatch.
However, we firmly believe that it's vital to repeat the process in the summer and the fall. Many homeowners aerate their lawns just once a year and suffer the consequences. By aerating several times per year, you can enjoy much healthier growth and better prepare your grass for the winter months when you're not mowing or fertilizing. It also leaves you with less of a battle on your hands come the following spring.
What Are the Different Methods of Lawn Aeration?
As the title suggests, the two most prominent methods are mechanical core aeration and liquid aeration. Mechanical core aeration is probably the technique for aerating your lawn that you're most familiar with. It involves using either a powered or manual machine that leaves holes in a lawn by pulling small plugs from the ground every few inches.
Many of you may have already paid for lawn aeration services in the past, whereby technicians bring in a specialist machine made for drilling holes and pulling plugs out of the soil. You may have even donned the famous "spike shoes" and trampled all over the lawn yourself to pierce the soil in as many places as possible.
However, over the last few years, it has become apparent that there is no need for time-consuming manual core aeration, or expensive self-propelled aeration machines thanks to the advent of liquid aeration. By utilizing chemical compounds, liquid lawn aerators work as soil conditioners, making it more permeable to vital elements such as water, fertilizer, air, and nutrients.
So now we've explained the background to lawn aeration, and why it's so significant to your grassed areas, it's time to run through five critical reasons why liquid aeration is a better solution than mechanical core aeration.
1. Liquid Lawn Aeration is Both Easier and Quicker
When it comes to comparing the efficiency of liquid aeration and mechanical core aeration, there's no contest. For liquid aerators, you can use a pump sprayer or a hose-end sprayer and aerate your lawn in a mere matter of minutes, even for lawns that cover a large surface area.
By contrast, manual and machine-led methods take hours. Manual spiking machines, and spike shoes, in particular, take hours to get anywhere near the same level of penetration as liquid lawn aeration. Even with a specialized machine, it takes several passes to get enough holes into the soil for the inherent benefits.
There's no such problem with liquid lawn aerators. All you have to do is spend a few minutes spraying the solution onto your grass and let it work wonders.
2. No Unsightly Plugs Left Over Your Lawn
One of the biggest problems with mechanical core aeration is the unsightly soil plugs they leave behind. Running over your lawn with an aeration machine can leave your lawn looking nothing short of a battlefield. While it's true that these soil plugs do disintegrate over time, there's no need to ruin the appearance of your lawn for the sake of aeration.
With liquid lawn aeration, the product gets to work beneath the surface, leaving your lawn to look as beautiful as it did before treatment. You enjoy all of the benefits of aeration, with none of the associated downsides. We have found that it's one of the most common reasons that homeowners buy our liquid lawn aerator.
3. Liquid Aeration Covers a Much Larger Surface Area Than Mechanical Core Aeration
As highlighted above, one of the trickiest aspects of mechanical core aeration methods is that homeowners have to literally try and cover every blade of grass to make sure enough air, water, and nutrients can penetrate their soil. This is why core aeration takes so much time, as you often have to aerate the same area several times to achieve the correct number of aeration holes.
There's no such issue with liquid aeration, just one quart (one liter) of our liquid aeration solution can cover up to 32,000 square feet. Since you spray on the solution, you can cover large lawn surface areas without using much of the bottle.
4. Penetrates Much Deeper Than Mechanical Core Aeration
Yet another advantage of liquid aeration is deeper penetration. Mechanical core aeration methods are often limited to 2-3 inches, whereas liquid aeration solutions can penetrate deep down into the root networks with gravity's help.
This is beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, it develops better drainage and moisture retention, preventing standing water, and reducing the amount you need to water your lawn during hot or drought periods in the summer. Secondly, it dramatically improves fertilizer performance by facilitating its passage right down to the roots, stimulating rapid and thick growth.
5. Liquid Aeration is Cheaper
The average price of calling out lawn aeration technicians is $190. For large yards, you can expect that price to increase to $350! Thus, not only will the process cause your lawn to look decimated, but it will also cost you a pretty penny.
On the other hand, you can cover up 32,000 square feet for as little as $35 with a bottle of our liquid lawn aerator. Not only does it make sense from a time and ease perspective, but it also makes financial sense.
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Here at Eco Garden Solution, we've worked hard to create a simple alternative to manual lawn aeration. There's no more need to lug a machine around or lace up those spiked shoes, just spray our liquid lawn aerator, sit back, and relax as it gets to work for you!
Developed using organic and natural ingredients, our proprietary formula immediately springs into action upon application, conditioning the soil to become much more permeable to air, water, nutrients, and fertilizer.
Standing water is a thing of the past thanks to enhanced drainage, and our solution works on all soil types, including clay soil, sand, and extremely compacted soil (for areas with heavy snow or footfall). The phosphate-free formulation also minimizes the viable growing conditions for those pesky mosquito larvae.
We've also taken the step of offering a 100% money-back guarantee if you are ever unsatisfied with our products, for whatever reason!
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I am interested in liquid aeration and have a few questions.
1. When applying (spraying) the liquid does it evaporate or dry up before sinking into the ground?
2. What happens if you overstay parts of the lawn?
3. Will this totally mess up/burn the grass?
I have core aerated many times and would try liquid aeration if I am confident it will successfully work.
Please keep me posted!