• How to Use a Soil Aerator

    by  • March 15, 2012 • Aerating Tools, Lawn Aeration Tips • 0 Comments

    If you want to have a better looking lawn, one of the easiest ways to do it is by aerating.  This page focuses on liquid soil aerators, also known as surfactants or soil conditioners. (For mechanical aeration please visit our homepage- http://aerate-lawn.com)   Soil conditioners are applied to the soil, making it less dense, which allows roots to grow deeper and stronger. To find the right product for your lawn, use the following tips.

    soil aerator1. Focus on aeration. There are products for every type of problem your lawn may have. Look specifically for ones that will aerate, or add more air, to the soil, like liquid soil aerators. After being applied to the lawn, these products sink down into the soil and attach to the soil particles. They help to break up clay and allow the soil to expand out, creating more space. This loosens up compacted soil, leaving room for the roots to grow. Some soil additives will make dense, clay soil more loamy. These are great for improving soil quality, but are not the same thing as aerators.  They typically contain humic acid which breaks up toxins from things like pesticides or herbicides. They also remove sodium from the root system, which is good for grass health.

    2. Use correctly. Once you pick which soil aerator you want to use, carefully read the instructions. Frequently liquid aerators require mixing with water before application.  Some suggest heavy watering afterwards for the best results. In addition, using a top-dressing after each application improves the effectiveness.

    3. Apply regularly. While many manufacturers claim they only need to be used annually, that is generally not enough for lawns that are not already healthy and thriving. During the first year, apply monthly during the growing season, every other month the second year, twice in the third year and then annually after that to keep up good lawn health.

    4. Check for effectiveness. It is hard to tell if the soil aerator is working. Some lawns will take time and several applications until there are obvious visual improvements. Using a soil probe, a tool in the shape of a ‘T’, can help you know whether your chosen product is doing its job or you need to look for a new one. Push the soil probe into the ground until you meet resistance. Then pull it out and use the measurements on the side to determine the depth it penetrated. Do this the day of each new application. It should penetrate deeper with every application.

    5. Keep up with routine lawn care. Most lawns, especially those that are heavily compacted, benefit from a coring aeration annually in addition to using the soil aerator products. If the lawn stays healthy, this is done only every three years. Leave the grass longer and only cut off about one-third of the blade height when mowing. This will help the grass focus on growing deep roots and decrease the amount of water need for it to stay green and thick.

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