All Things Gardening forum: Chemical Lawn Aeration?

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Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2018 12:53 PM CST
My regular mechanical aeration company no longer in business. It was a [email protected] $25 fir my little lawn. Others wasnt upwards of $300 to do the same job.

There is a new $59 chemical aeration Exigrow by wwwexigrow.com Wanted to see if anyone has used it?

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jun 3, 2018 8:00 AM CST
Wow - $300 is exorbitant. I can get double-pass aeration for about half on a bigger yard. I have read (although not in detail) about possible aeration benefits of hydrogen peroxide but not convinced yet of effectiveness or the impact on soil organisms.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 3, 2018 9:17 AM CST
Sounds high to me. I can understand aeration but this sounds like an injection.
What chemical(s) are you wanting to 'inject' and why?

Maybe 6 months or so ago I was freaking out because I thought my Magnolia Grandiflora was sick. I had one of the top arborists in my area come out. He agreed and proposed aeration (or what I consider injection) with some good stuff as well as a product called Merit. I agreed but told him to skip the Merit. Without looking at my bill, I'm guessing I paid $100. I think the Merit would have been an additional $35.

My magnolia is blooming now and has had a bumper crop of blooms.

Last week I was picking a bloom and thought there might be a problem with the tree's bark. So I called, the arborist came out to have a look see, and assured me that what I was seeing was normal. No charge.

Hope this helps. Think about why and what and consult with one of the best arborists you can find.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 3, 2018 9:15 PM CST
Sorry. Just realized that I said to consult an arborist. I got carried away after thinking about my tree. My original point was to think about why and with what.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 4, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Cheryl - have you considered renting aeration equipment? Here, they have them at equipment rental places. Of course, you'd have to find a truck to transport it and someone to perform the labor if you're not able to do it. If you have interested neighbors, you all could share the rental cost.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 4, 2018 10:23 AM CST
There are a lot of organic products that say they improve water retention, stop run off etc. I have been using with Medina Soil Activator. But I know organic matter not only takes time, but requires frequent application. Just wondered about these new products that are supposed to be a chemical/organic alternative to physically removing chunks from the lawn.

Thanks @Shadegardener. We are an older neighborhood most in our 50's and 60's some single ladies divorcees/widows or with husbands who are disabled in one way or another. No one has a truck. And these ladies have less muscle mass than desired. IOW I would be doing the work in their yard. No thanks!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 4, 2018 2:30 PM CST
Cheryl - I get it. Smiling
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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