Conventional cultivation can have devastating effects on soil. With traditional cultivation techniques, soil is often ploughed several times to create a fine seed bed and control weeds. This will expose soil particles to erosion from wind and rain, destroy humus and result in severe breakdown of soil structure. Repeated passes by heavy tractors and equipment lead to soil degeneration and to the formation of almost impenetrable layers of compacted soil (“hard pan”) below the surface.
When soil is compacted and a “hard pan” forms; helpful soil microbes and earthworms are reduced or eliminated, pastures dry out faster, become waterlogged quicker and plant growth is restricted; resulting in lower crop and pasture yields. The RanchWorx Aerator’s blades will penetrate and shatter the “hard pan” without exposing the soil to erosion. It works in all soil types – from sandy to heavy clay to rocky – from flawless hayfields to rugged terrains. Hillsides are able to capture the rainwater and avoid run-off. Chemical and natural fertilizers are absorbed and filtered through the soil to grass roots.
In its no-till application, hay fields can be worked while leaving them smooth. Grass roots remain down – not exposed to sunlight. Cattle can remain in worked fields. Because our uncompromised quality extends throughout the RanchWorx and Lawson Series product lines, little maintenance is needed to keep each aerator working for generations to come.