Time To Think About Liquid Aeration & Seeding
During the hottest, most stressful months of the growing season, lawns take a real beating.
As dry, stressed turf thins out, at times going completely dormant, weeds invade, diseases run rampant and bugs have a field day! Irrigated lawns, where water is guaranteed on a regular basis, do much better, no doubt. Still, most homeowners do not have automatic irrigation systems; and their lawns suffer.
As the end of summer looms, one of the best lawn maintenance and recovery procedures available is core or liquid aeration. Pulling small plugs from the soil, allowing air, water, and fertilizer to reach grassroots can make a real difference in helping the lawn recover in the fall.
Core Aeration vs Liquid Aeration
Core Aeration Process
Liquid Aeration Process
Thin turf should be over-seeded. And the best way to over-seed an existing lawn, is to combine it with core or liquid aeration. As plugs or cores are removed, seed is dropped into the open aeration holes, where seed to soil contact is established and the seed is protected.
Watering regularly after aeration and over-seeding will ensure satisfactory seed germination in time for the new seedlings to send down vital roots before cold weather slows growth for the winter season. The results will be seen the following spring, as new grass plants fill in thin areas.
Introducing Liquid Aeration: New Technology & Process
What is Liquid Aeration?
Liquid aeration is a relatively new process that can supplement or even replace what is known as “Mechanical Core Aeration”. While the benefits of core aeration are widely known, liquid aeration is a process using a mix of specially designed products that offer the same results without the mess of soil cores left on your lawn or potential damage to electric dog fences or irrigation heads. It also is easier to perform, less costly to you as a consumer and fits especially well on lawns with limited access due to fences or elevation changes.
How Does Liquid Aeration Work?
Liquid Aeration relieves the compacted soil and thatch buildup without having to run our machine over the lawn, littering it with plugs of soil. The soil is loosened up, thatch is minimized, and the root zone is oxygenated to encourage deeper rooting. This allows air, water, and nutrient to better penetrate and will be absorbed by the roots. A healthy root system will push new growth and allow your grass to really thrive and reach its full potential. When coupled with overseeding and continued fertilization, your lawn will be healthier and thicker which helps crow out weeds.
Aerators can be rented at tool rental shops and some big box stores. Seeding can be accomplished with a rotary or drop type lawn fertilizer spreader. A note of caution though: aerators, even the lighter models are very heavy and unwieldy. Transporting aerators can also be problematic. Without a pick-up truck and a method of loading and unloading the equipment, and a strong back, necessary to handle an aerator, perhaps the best option is to have a lawn care professional do the job.
Should you decide to have the lawn aerated and, if necessary, over-seeded, you’ll want to be sure the job is done properly. Like every other maintenance practice, there is a correct way to aerate and plant new seed.
Hiring the local guy with a truck and aerator may or may not make sense. Wise homeowners have learned that, in the long run, where results count, scheduling aeration with an experienced service will deliver the results you expect.
If core or liquid aeration and over-seeding make sense at your home, contact ExperiGreen and let experienced technicians make this important maintenance and repair job a no-brainer.
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