"Liquid Aerification"?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by lawncuttinfoo, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A new company in my area is advertising "All-Organic Soil Soft Liquid Aerification"

    What do you think this is?
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Barefoot James has something that he uses that he swears by I forget the manufacturer I'll see if I can find it.

    They are known as surfactants, actually the oil from the yucca plant does an excellent job at this, it is used widely in the dark green side of the business
     
  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    yucca and malanga are great wetting agents as bill points out, molasses has some wetting effect but it may be PH change related as well. fish oils and emulsions are good stickers. there is also some sea weed and glycerin products out there that say "soil wetters". peroxide will add O to the ground, but dont ask about the micro herd,I dont know?
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Liquid Gold was more than a wetting agent, in that it incorporated compost tea as well. Another good wetting agent is soap - for a buck a gallon at discount stores. :)
     
  5. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    The stuff ICT is reffering to is Aerify - www.natureslawn.com

    The active ingredient is ammonium laureth sulfate 60% - other (not listed) 40%.

    I spent about $80 on an area about 10 ft by 20 ft - by drive way that held water for weeks (leaking into garage - had to do something) and did many applications over about two months. Now this area drains down and will only hold water for several hours - in the heaviest of rains. So it does work.

    The question is (Kiril, treegal, ICT, others) how will this stuff affect the micro herd/ soil biology? This is the unknown.

    The folks who developed this have twenty plus years of treating lawn in Buffalo, NY and the owner is a respected person in the industry Stuart Franklin who has had a nice organic book out for twenty years++ - Building a healthy lawn the safe and natural approach.

    They also have a new site to promote organics and its discussion - http://www.lawncaresimplified.typepad.com/ - but it will have a long road to hoe to top the discussions on organic on lawnsite.com

    So anyone have info on ammonium laureth sulfate? Good/Bad/Any
     
  6. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    This inexpensive detergent is commonly used in cosmetic cleansers, hair shampoos, bath and shower gels, bubble baths, etc. - It is probably the most dangerous ingredient used in skin and hair-care products. In the cleaning industry SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces.

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.

    A study at the University of Georgia Medical College, indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes as well as brain, heart, liver, etc., and showed long-term retention in the tissues. The study also indicated that SLS penetrated young children's eyes and prevented them from developing properly and caused cataracts to develop In adults.

    May cause hair loss by attacking the follicle. Classified as a drug in bubble baths because it eats away skin protection and causes rashes and infection to occur.

    Is potentially harmful to skin and hair. Cleans by corrosion. Dries skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture.

    Another extremely serious problem is the connection of SLS with nitrate contamination. SLS reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitrosomines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenics.

    Because of the alarming penetrating power of SLS, large amounts of these known carcinogens are absorbed through the skin into the body. A variation of SLS is SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate- SLES). It exhibits many of the same characteristics and is a higher-foaming variation of SLS.
     
  7. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    Peroxide kills microbes. That's why it is used on infections and for cleaning brewers.
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Improper and/or excessive use of SLS could adversely affect the survival and function of soil organisms, including earthworms, , bacteria, algae, and protozoa. SLS misuse or spills could also result in the damage and even death of areas of organic crops given its non-selective herbicidal properties.
     
  9. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Tim, doesn't H2O2 fall from the sky? yes we use it to clean with, but we also use it in small amounts in the green house to help oxygenate plants and soil.
     
  10. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    What about ammonium laureth sulfate - not sodium??
     

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