Colorado soil compacts very easily because of the high amount of clay in the composition. Lack of moisture makes compaction worse. The result is soil that is hard and compact–like cement. The soil and grass roots have a difficult time absorbing water and nutrients. Irrigation runoff because of soil compaction is money down the drain. Another big problem is grass roots cannot grow deeply, causing a weakened lawn, more susceptible to weeds, insects, and diseases.
One of the best ways to loosen Colorado soil is aeration, breaking the soil surface tension, increase soil porosity, allowing water, air and micro-nutrients to enter the soil and roots to grow deeply beneath the surface, creating a strong, healthy lawn. Aeration also helps lawns to flourish by loosening the soil for the root development while gently decreasing the thatch in your lawn.
We offer two methods of aeration. Traditional Core Mechanical Aeration in the Fall and our Liquid Aeration.
Our Liquid Aeration is our most popular form of aeration. It is convenient, efficient and effective. Liquid Aeration is essentially chemistry happening in the lawn, nutrients breaking down together creating oxygenation which will in turn amend the soil.
*There is no need to mark sprinkler heads, invisible fences or cable lines.”
*No holes are made into the lawn and no grass is removed.
*The soil structure is split at a much smaller scale, allowing deep penetration of water which roots will follow, making nutrients available.1
*Covers the entire lawn unlike mechanical core aeration which pokes holes every 3-6 inches.
*Creates billions of fractures within the soil and encourages greater rooting and helps to fight heat stress.
When is the best time to aerate? We believe Fall is best time to do mechanical core aeration since we find plugs and holes from last fall in March the next year! Doing a mechanical core aeration in the Fall after the hot summer months have baked the soil hard and it is good to open it back up.
Think of the late Autumn rains, Winter snows and early Spring rains or snows go into the holes and reach the root zones. The plugs break down more slowly and we think it gives more bang for your buck! In Spring, it gets hot quickly and when irrigation systems are turned on the holes close up faster and plugs break down quicker.