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Liquid vs Core Aeration - What's the Difference?
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Liquid vs Core Aeration - What's the Difference?

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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Liquid vs Core Aeration - What's the Difference?

The soil on your lawn will become compacted over time due to heavy use, rainfall, lawn mowers, and more, which can make it difficult for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass. Fortunately, aeration can reduce soil compaction and make it easier for nutrients, water, air, and sunlight to reach the roots of your grass. Two methods of lawn aeration are core and liquid aeration. Core aeration involves removing tiny cores of soil from the ground while liquid aeration is the process of creating tiny pores in the soil through a liquid solution.

Both of these aeration methods can be very effective in loosening compacted soil, so it really comes down to your personal preference and what time of the year you are looking to schedule an aeration service. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between these two aeration methods so you can choose which method is right for your property in Pennsylvania.

What is liquid aeration?

Liquid aeration being applied to lawn in Emmaus, PA.

Liquid aeration is an aeration method that involves a specialized liquid solution that relieves soil compaction by creating tiny pores in the soil. Spring is the best time to perform liquid aeration when the turf is just starting to break out of winter dormancy. Doing this in early spring makes way for a healthier turf that can withstand the summer heat since it will be able to absorb the nutrients, water, sun, and air that it needs to thrive.

To ensure that your lawn is always able to access the nutrients that it needs, you should schedule an aeration service at least once per year.

What is core aeration?

Aerator machine in lawn displayed in Macungie, PA.

Core aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil from your lawn using an aerator machine. Just like with liquid aeration, the purpose of core aeration is to loosen any compacted soil to make it easier for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass.

For lawns in Pennsylvania, the fall season is the optimal time to schedule this service. That's because the lawns here are mostly cool-season lawns, which thrive in cooler weather. Because this service can be a little stressful for your lawn, you'll want to have this service performed at a time when your lawn is at its strongest. Investing in this service in the fall will allow your lawn to become stronger heading into the cold, winter season. The stronger your lawn is heading into winter dormancy, the more likely it will be able to survive the season unscathed.

The cores of soil that were removed during core aeration service can be left on your lawn. They will eventually break down and return nutrients to your grass.

Choosing Between Core Aeration & Liquid Aeration

When choosing between core aeration and liquid aeration, it is essential to note that both options are great for your lawn. Each method provides distinct benefits for your yard, but it will still come down to your preference. We recommend considering essential factors like the timing of the service. Core aeration is a fall service, while liquid aeration produces the best outcome when performed in spring.

Ultimately, whatever method you choose, you can expect to have stronger grass when the process is over since the roots of your grass will have improved access to the nutrients and resources that it needs to thrive.

We offer both liquid aeration and core aeration. Give us a call to schedule today!

Aeration is a vital part of any rigorous lawn care routine. At Lehigh Valley Lawn, we offer both core aeration and liquid aeration to commercial, residential, and HOA property owners in Macungie, East Greenville, Fogelsville, PA and surrounding communities. Call us today at (484) 547-8246 to schedule either of our aeration services.

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