Grass needs three key ingredients for lush, healthy growth. Those ingredients are air, water, and nutrients provided by fertilizers. During summer, there are two factors that prevent your grass from receiving those three key ingredients, soil compaction and thatch buildup. All it takes is a half-inch of compacted soil, or thatch (the buildup of dead grass stems/roots) to keep air, water, and nutrients from getting to your grass’ root systems. That’s where liquid aeration comes in.
Liquid aeration is the process of spraying a liquid over your lawn that gets microbes active in the soil. These microbes aid in breaking down thatch. It also contains bacteria that relieves soil compaction. Liquid aeration plays a big role in getting air, water, and nutrients to your grass’ root systems, and it’s the key to a healthy summer lawn!
You may have heard of other types of aeration, like core, slice, or spike aeration. So what is it that makes liquid aeration so special? First, the microbial, enzyme, and bacterial agents in the liquid can loosen up the soil deeper than other forms of aeration can. Core aeration, for example, only pulls a few inches of compacted soil plugs from the ground. Whereas, there is no limit to how deep those bacterial agents in liquid aeration can go.
There are two risks that come with aeration types that penetrate the soil. First, there is the chance that the grass’ root systems can get damaged when the plugs of soil are pulled from the ground. Second, there are dormant weed seeds in the soil that can get disturbed during aeration. Those weeds will receive the same amount of air, water, and nutrients that the grass would receive after aeration, which means they can grow and germinate quickly.
Liquid aeration does not penetrate the soil. The grass’ root systems will stay intact and new weed growth will not be spurred on. It’s safe, smart, and effective!
The best time to aerate is when the grass is actively growing. When aeration coincides with growth, grass root systems will be deepened and strengthened, new growth will be promoted, and healthier grass will be the result. Most Texas lawns contain warm-season grass like bermudagrass, St. Augustine grass, and zoysiagrass. This means the best time to aerate these grasses is in the early-mid summer months. For cool-season grass like bluegrasses and fescues, you’ll want to wait until the weather cools (late summer/early fall) before aerating.
Seeding is one of the best things you can do for your lawn after aerating. The new seed you apply comes into direct contact with the soil via the pathways created when you aerated. The combination of fresh air, water, nutrients, and grass seed penetrating the soil will result in new grass growth that is thick, healthy, and pristine.
If you’re looking to get and keep that lush, healthy lawn this summer, give the professionals at LawnLab a call. Contact us here or at (866) LAWN-LAB to hear more about our liquid aeration service and how we can help you get the best looking lawn on the block. Satisfaction guaranteed! Contact us today for a free quote!