View Full Version : Cross post: Who is aerating the south???
09-21-2005, 03:27 PM
Howdy -- I'd like to hear from some contractors down south who are performing aeration on warm-season grasses like St. Augustine or Bermuda grass down in the southern US.
If you're aerating these grasses, I'd love some of your perspective on why you aerate them, and how the results have been for you. I've heard a lot of conflicting stories, and would like to get your thoughts on why it works for you.
09-21-2005, 03:44 PM
Personally,I aerate warm season grass during the growing season.Different reasons.
1.Warm season grass likes loose soil to run in.(sand,flower beds,etc.,,)
2.Great way to introduce lime into the soil structure.
3.Provides dissolved oxygen to the roots,developing a healthier plant.
4.It's also a great way to fill in bare spots.Most reason warm season grasses aren't growing in a certain area is due to soil compaction.By loosening the soil,the rhizomes can better penetrate.
I will aerate warm season grass during the fall.Mainly for lime apps.
As far as results,I had a 5'x10' bare area of lawn(bermuda) that I could never get the bermuda to run in.After aerating 3 times,during the growing season,it filled in completely.
09-21-2005, 03:52 PM
Thanks for your thoughts and experience Nick. It's funny... I've talked to some contractors who say there isn't any market for aeration in the south, and I think they've got to be insane. I think your example of not getting the Bermuda grass to take off until you aerated is a perfect example... just about every type of soil compacts -- even sand. Some guys don't get that, I guess.
Any others out there that want to chime in on this?
Thank again Nick!
09-21-2005, 04:23 PM
90% of our lawns are St. Aug. ....the others are hard soil, compacted sandy base with non irrigated mix of Bahia, centipede or weeds .... owners with little care of a decent yard (rental units)
We have such a sandy base that aeration is not needed ... dethatching or power rake yes .... but it's a small .... small market .... we get at most 5 calls yearly fore this service .... so we pass
Years ago we ADVO the %^$# fore this service and was a very small return
Easier to sell fert or pest sprays ..... irrigation tweaks .... mulch n the such
09-21-2005, 04:45 PM
I guess there's no sense trying to foist services on a community that doesn't see the value in them. Good perspective...
09-21-2005, 05:46 PM
we dont aerate too many yards mostly fescue. some small bermuda that get packed from mowing. bermuda we usually just scalp or dethatch. we dont really push either service though, just when someone calls up.
09-21-2005, 06:04 PM
IMHO, every Bermuda lawn should be aerated at least once per year. Preferably in May/June when the growth rate is on the upswing. This can be followed by a topdressing if necessary.
We also aerate and overseed Fescue in September. Almost every Fescue lawn requires it.
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