Liquid aeration is not a brand-new concept but it has been getting increased attention over the years. As products have improved, so have the benefits. That’s why Joshua Tree has recently made the decision to implement liquid aeration products into our lawn care program.
Here are some important factors that you might want to understand about liquid aeration for lawns.
What is Liquid Aeration?
Liquid aeration is exactly what its name implies. It’s a liquid product that provides the benefits of aeration by loosening the soil and easing compaction. The difference is that no mechanical equipment is utilized and no holes are made in the lawn.
It’s all the result of the products working on a chemical level.
Scientifically speaking, the product that we’re utilizing works by breaking up the bonds between molecules (which are tightly compacted in the Lehigh Valley’s clay soil). Each bond that is broken creates more air space, which is the overall goal of aeration. This ultimately allows optimal oxygen exchange as well as better water and nutrient flow to the roots. As this occurs, the roots grow stronger and deeper, improving the total health of your lawn.
It’s important to note that not all products are created equally. Although there are some store-bought products that you can pick up at the local big box store, they’re not going to be as effective as what a professional is utilizing.
At Joshua Tree, we have been researching new products through trial-and-error for years. We’ve finally found a product that we believe is worthy which is what makes it the optimal time to add it into our program. We’re excited about the results that we plan to see.
What are the Liquid Aeration Benefits?
Liquid aeration has the same benefits as mechanical core aeration but is able to reach more surface area of the property. When you think about lawn aeration and the holes that are made in your lawn, it’s easy to see how all of the spaces in between the holes get missed.
With one pass of an aerator, these holes are generally about 5 inches apart, across your entire lawn. Even with a double-pass as Joshua Tree performs, the holes will have less distance (about 3”) between them but still enough that there are areas of the lawn that don’t get aerated.
This is where liquid aeration can really make a difference. We are treating the entire lawn—hitting every single square inch. There are no “untreated” areas.
Is Liquid Aeration a Replacement for Mechanical Core Aeration?
No, liquid aeration for lawns is not meant to be a replacement for mechanical core aeration. There is still a very important role for mechanical lawn aeration, which has proven to achieve amazing results.
But we believe that liquid aeration is going to help make the results of mechanical aeration even better. With the soil already loosened, you’re going to see amazing outcomes after lawn aeration is performed.
How Often is Liquid Aeration for Lawns Performed?
In our professional fertility treatment program, liquid aeration will be performed two times. It is integrated into those fertilization applications as added nutrients. Our plan is to incorporate it into the first and last treatment rounds of fertilization.
Liquid aeration will be included in all three lawn care program tiers for small lawns.
What Does Liquid Aeration Cost?
At the time that we wrote this article in early 2020, we are incorporating liquid aeration into our standard lawn fertilization program for approximately half of the routes in our service area.
To apply liquid aeration requires specialized equipment that some of our lawn care trucks are outfitted with. However, our plans are to add this valuable service to all clients in the next two years as we upgrade equipment.
If liquid aeration is provided in your area, it’s included at no additional charge. If you have any questions regarding this service, feel free to contact us.
Always Improving for You
At the end of the day, liquid aeration is just another example of ways in which we are continually looking to improve for our clients. We have always spent a lot of time researching products and staying on top of what’s new.
We’ve actually been trial running various liquid aeration products for years now but we have finally found one that we believe is going to have a big impact and we’re excited about what the future holds.
Though a lot of lawn care companies end up becoming stagnant and fail to keep up with “what’s new.” You can count on Joshua Tree to be continually evolving and improving so that we’re able to offer you the best.