Try Liquid Aeration This Fall

Try Liquid Aeration This Fall

Try Liquid Aeration This Fall

Try Liquid Aeration This Fall
Fall has traditionally been a time for homeowners to have their lawns aerated with a “coring” or “plugging” machine. It sounds like a good idea, and looks impressive when done, but does this practice alone actually provide any real long-term benefit to your soil or lawn? Does the soil actually become better aerated or more porous? According to Tamson Yeh, Ph.D, speaking in the Cornell Turfgrass ShortCutt (5/24/10), coring 2 times a year on a poor soil, over a 3 year period, showed no soil improvement benefit. So perhaps it is time to rethink the subject.

Improving soil aeration is extremely beneficial to lawns and gardens growing in clay or compacted soil. It will help water move down into the root zone easily. In well-aerated soils, beneficial soil microbes (that need air to survive) can thrive and create humus and improve soil structure. Roots get deeper and nutrients are exchanged more easily. Good topsoils are naturally aerated. Unfortunately, most suburban lots have had the topsoil stripped off and homeowners are left with a denser clay or subsoil in which to grow their lawns and gardens. If you were planting a new lawn in this clay you could till in tons of compost and other amendments to improve aeration. But on established lawns this is not an option.

We suggest trying a new approach to improving your soil quality, and we call this “liquid aeration”. We’ve been doing liquid aerations, instead of coring, for 15 plus years, and have witnessed real soil improvement. Liquid Aeration is simply a solution of amendments that get into the root zone quickly and create microscopic pores and channels that help with water and air movement. It also adds organic ingredients that generate and feed microbes, leading to humus and a restructuring of the clay. Try Liquid Aeration This Fall

A good liquid aeration solution would contain, at minimum a good soil surfactant or wetting agent. This is a soap-like product that helps thin out water and reduce surface tension, to reduce surface capillary action and soil cracking. This helps reduce surface roughness and also encourages surface whiskers by creating microscopic channels.

We always recommend keeping your soil well aerated, adding a good organic soil amendment, and avoiding core cultivation as this is a waste of time and effort. Having said that, core cultivation can be used if you have a heavy clay soil, but only to a depth of 6 inches or less.

What are the simple steps to liquid aeration?

The first thing to do is to wet down the lawn, using a watering hose or the direct spray method of your choice. Try Liquid Aeration This Fall

The next step is to take a metal rod, called a coring block, and create small holes in the lawn where you want to aerate. The rod can be buried a little more deeply in the soil than it is tall enough to where it will still expand to leave a few inches ofrod above the soil surface.

Next, a PVC or plastic pipe is driven into the soil to the desired depth and situated endwise along the line of theAztecs. For best results, more than one coring block is used. To preserve the rod leaving a shallow tunnel in the soil, you can bury it more deeply with soil or dirt to create a “tunnel” at the bottom of the rod.

The final step is to install your PVC or zip line as you did with the coring block. Most of these systems include instructions on the sides.

One final tip is to use a PVC cutter to cut your aztecs. It keeps the whole thing neat and clean and makes soldering much easier. Try Liquid Aeration This Fall