Why should I aerate?
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐚𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞?
We often invest in many aspects of the farm but frequently overlook one of our biggest assets...the soil.
Given the challenges of the climate changes that we are experiencing, never has it been so important to regenerate and maintain our soils, especially if it is compacted.
* We aren't farming livestock...we're farming grass!*
What is compaction?
Compaction occurs due to years of grazing and heavy frequent machinery passes that creates a hard pan in different layers. In turn this compaction:
- limits water penetration,
- causes soil particle compression resulting in large block like aggregates
- reduction in oxygen entry
- a stressed crop whose roots can’t easily penetrate the “pan”.
- Organisms vital for soil health no longer reside causing a reduction in organic matter and thus nutrient availability.
Over the years we expect soil to keep performing using traditional methods that merely “maintain and sustain”. These traditional methods often expose soil to erosion, destroy humus releasing sequestered carbon and break down the soil structure and biology that has taken precious time to form.
**AERATION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF IMPROVING OUR SOIL'S HEALTH**
By capitalising on the design of the Aerworx aerator, the kinetic energy of the aerator's weight and driven speed will fracture your subsoil up to 30cm below the point of the blade whilst leaving deep slots to ensure water ingress. The aim is to achieve a small crumb like aggregate creating a friable open soil structure using a non til process. This method avoids soil exposure, erosion, loss of soil carbon sequestration and biology.
𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗶𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗶𝗻?
- improved water penetration and retention, preventing run off and water logging
- improved oxygenation of the soil to help soil biology ( microbes and worms), required for the break down of organic matter and releasing nutrients for plant growth
- improved root growth without a struggle to get through a hard pan in dry, oxygen and nutrient deprived conditions.
- increased grass yields
- increased grazing and cutting periods
- reduction in fertiliser costs
- any supporting applications that are required, are retained in your soil and not wasted in run off
- You have invested in your future.
For more on the science and details of the various aerator models available, please visit us in Hall 11 Stand 432