Does a Rolling Lawn Aerator Reduce Compaction?

The most popular method for reducing soil compaction is by using a rolling lawn aerator. This is also commonly referred to as a core or plug aerator.

The prevailing view is that core aeration does the best job of relieving compaction and increasing oxygen levels in the
root zone.

Does it though? The typical depth of mechanical aeration averages only three inches.

Challenges that the Home Owner Faces

Dealing with soil compaction is a major issue that many homeowners have to address. A hard compacted soil on a poorly drained site provides a harsh environment for turf grass. Maintaining a high quality lawn is not only difficult, but in some cases nearly impossible.

Have you tried using a rolling lawn aerator? It can be difficult and time consuming. The homeowner, in many cases has limited resources including time and money.

Mechanical Aeration
Compacted clay plug from mechanical aerator

Establishing the picture perfect landscape can be a huge challenge, especially when working with lousy poorly drained soil.

Limitations and Problems of Core Aeration

A little known fact regarding the use of rolling lawn aerators is that to achieve a 50% coverage on a site, 22 passes would be required. An Iowa State University study determined that only 2.2% of the surface area was removed from each pass when core spacing is 3 inches.

The University of Georgia turf specialist Clint Waltz states that the benefits of core aeration last only a few weeks.

Another problem that may erupt is the release of weed seeds buried in the soil. By disrupting the soil surface layer, the potential of a weed problem increases.

Yes. Up until recently there was no better way to aerate compacted soils, but now there is.

Six Weeks After Turf2Max Application
OKC Test Site

Liquid Aeration is the Solution

Turf2Max liquid aeration solves the underlying problems that cause soil to compact. The most common cause is due to salt build up in the soil that collapses the structure of soil. It is referred to as dispersion. Dispersion means that the individual clay soil particles are broken up into very small particulates.

If you fill up a mason jar full of marbles, and another jar full of sugar, which would have the most air space (pores)? Of course the jar with the marbles.

Turf2Max improves the soil by promoting the formation of water stable aggregates. The stable soil particles in many cases will remain that way up to a year.

By treating a whole yard, garden, flower bed etc. you will benefit from an overall total aeration from 6-14" deep. Now that is soil restoration!

Mechanical aeration does nothing to improve the structure of soil. All it does is remove cores and places them on top of the soil surface. End of story!

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