By Kaitlyn Ersek on Aug 11, 2015 9:06:29 AM
During aeration, small plugs of soil are removed from the turf to loosen hard, compacted soils and increase oxygen exchange. It also improves water absorption and stimulates a deeper root system. The holes created in the soil from aeration allow fertilizers and soil amendments to enter the soil quickly and easily. In addition, thatch is reduced and microbial activity is accelerated!
The biological activity associated with aeration is further enhanced with the addition of Holganix, promoting increased breakdown of thatch and compaction, as well as building a healthier soil environment for the plant. Holganix increases thatch and compaction breakdown in two key ways: by promoting root development and by providing a boost of biology that ultimately breaks down organic matter.
1. Promoting root development
Endo and ecto mycorrhizae and Trichoderma promote root development, which allows the plant to dig deeper into the soil and mine for nutrients and moisture. This not only aids in plant health but also increases the pore spaces within the soil, leading to a decrease in soil compaction. For more on endo and ecto mycorrhizae, click here.
2. Biology breaks down organic matter
Biology present in Holganix goes to work, breaking down compacted soils and the plugs left behind during aeration. The biology then excretes nutrients in forms useable by the plant. For example, nitrogen fixing bacteria and phosphorus fixing bacteria present within Holganix eat organic matter’s nitrates and phosphates (which aren’t in a form useable by the plant) and excreting them as nitrites and phosphites (the plant useable form of these components). Other ingredients within Holganix that excrete nutrients include but are not limited to, nematodes and protozoa.
Watch Dr. Bob's video for additional information on aeration