Which is better? Deep Core Lawn Aeration or Liquid Lawn Aeration Treatment
First lets start with what is lawn aeration?
Lawn aeration is the process of opening holes, tunnels or breaks in the soil to allow air, water and nutrients to pass down to lower areas of the lawn’s root system. Most clay soils need aeration service to relieve soil compaction that has been built up from traffic, mowing or rain/snow fall. When soil compaction is present you will be able to see standing water in spots of the lawn after irrigation or rainfall. You may also see dry spots or browning areas because the water has not penetrated the soil surface and was mostly evaporated into the air.
After a lawn aeration service is completed your soil will have holes, plugs or breaks in the soil to allow water, air and nutrients to travel deeper into the soil and deeper into the lawns root system. In Colorado most lawns will need to be aerated 1 or 2 times a year.
Deep Core Aeration is when a machine travels over your lawn area removing small 2-4 inch cores or “plugs” and leaving them on the lawn surface. Some people may see the cores as similar looking to animal or goose droppings, however they are simply a core of soil, lawn roots and grass blades. These cores will typically break down in 7-14 days.
Liquid Aeration Treatment is a soil treatment service that sprays a liquid formulation that has a wetting agent, microbes and enzymes or bacteria. The wetting agent will bind to both the soil compounds and the lawns roots so the other two ingredients can be more effective. The microbes will help stimulate root growth while the enzymes will break down soil compounds to help release trapped nutrients and create small cracks in the soil (aeration). Not all Liquid Aeration products are the same and most only have wetting agents with ineffective microbes. A good Liquid Aeration product will have a high quality enzyme, bacteria or microbes that perpetrate deep into the soil for maximum results.
Using a combination of both services or products will ensure your lawn is green and healthy. If you have to choose one or the other, our suggestion is to choose a Deep Core Aeration.
Please contact us to find out more information or to schedule your Deep Core Aeration or Soil Treatment service. We are eager to earn your business and become your trusted lawn care and sprinkler blowout experts.