What Maryland Property Owners Need To Know About Liquid Aeration

May 28, 2020

Is your lawn struggling? Are there areas where the grass just doesn't seem to be doing well? If you're noticing thin, weak grass, or areas where grass is turning brown, compacted soil may be to blame. This can occur for several reasons. People may be walking on that section of your lawn frequently. Foot traffic can play a big part. Your lawn can become compacted over time by a riding lawn mower, or even a push mower. Some soil types are prone to becoming compacted. When compaction occurs, it can produce undesired results. Many homeowners turn to lawn care companies when this occurs because professionals have expensive machinery to aerate the soil. But there is another alternative that is less expensive and may provide better results, depending on the composition of your lawn. As you can guess from the title of this article, it is called liquid aeration.

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What On Earth Is Liquid Aeration?

If you know anything about aeration, this might sound like a strange concept. After all, one of the things mechanical core aeration does is create holes for water to get down into the soil. Water is a liquid. So, how can a liquid aerate your lawn? We're glad you asked. There are two ways liquid aeration gets down into the soil.

Microbes — Liquid aeration contains microorganisms that break down the thatch layer. The thatch layer of your lawn contains dead and living grass roots, shoots, and stems. These are between the grass blades of your turfgrass. These microbes are tiny living organisms that eat thatch and create a path for liquid to penetrate the soil.

Wetting Agent — This is a chemical that is added to liquid to reduce the surface tension. Surface tension is what prevents liquid from spreading out or penetrating the surface of the soil.

Together, the microbial effect and the wetting agent work together to allow the liquid aeration to go down into the soil and deliver vital nutrients and moisture to the roots of your turfgrass, allowing the roots to develop deeper.

The Key Difference Between Liquid And Core Aeration

  • Core aeration will pull plugs of soil out of the ground. This creates a direct route for air, water, and nutrients to get down to your root system. The results are quick but not long-lasting.

  • Liquid aeration soaks into your lawn, over time, so it isn't fast. But it provides benefits that last a long time.

Which Is Better?

Liquid aeration is less expensive. You don't have to be concerned about marking off underground power lines or sprinkler systems, and heavy machinery is not required. But liquid aeration can take more time than you might want if you have a particularly dense thatch layer. If mechanical core aeration is needed, we will suggest doing liquid aeration as well. This will give you the fast results of mechanical core aeration with the long-lasting and accumulative results of liquid aeration.

When Should Aeration Be Done?

The best time to perform liquid or mechanical core aeration is in the spring or fall. If you want to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant, we suggest doing this yearly.

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If you live in our Maryland service area, you can reach out to us any time to speak to one of our knowledgeable service representatives. Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care provides the highest level of lawn care service and pest control in Central Maryland. We look forward to helping you get the beautiful lawn you desire—and making your lawn the envy of your neighbors. Connect with us today. 

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