Liquid aerators work differently compared to manual core aeration. As mentioned above, instead of physically poking holes in the soil, you’re spraying a solution over the lawn.
Since it’s a liquid solution this eliminates the need for equipment or tools unlike traditional methods which include the use of a spike or core aerator.
The power behind these solutions is an active ingredient that is similar to what you find in soap called ammonium lauryl sulfate.
This substance is classified as an anionic surfactant as it holds a negative ionic charge. Clay soil is also negatively charged and if you remember from chemistry class while opposites attract, two like charges will repel each other.
This makes ammonium lauryl sulfate perfect for the dispersion of clay particles, and in high concentration is a gentle, yet effective topsoil conditioner.
After spraying the lawn, the solution will get to work by breaking down the dense soil particles creating small pores in the profile to help loosen the soil. The pores allow more air, water, and nutrients to reach deeper, which promotes healthy root growth.
Aeration is about more than just creating airways in the dirt. It improves the quality of the soil.
As the roots grow deeper and more essential nutrients are made readily available, you’ll be able to enjoy greener grass and healthier plants.