View Full Version : To aerate or not to aerate....

Tyler's Lawn Maintenance
11-01-2009, 01:17 PM
I am going to plant rye grass over Bermuda, however I do not have access to an aerator. Is there any way that I could go about planting this rye grass without aerating? My thought is to scalp the lawn. Would this work?
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11-02-2009, 04:48 AM
There are better seedbeds for grass than aerating. I can't speak to Bermuda grass scalping, but all you need for seeds to germinate and growth is contact with the soil and moisture.
You don't really need 3" deep holes for grass seed.

11-12-2009, 04:08 PM
Are you overseeding the Bermuda to get that year around green look?
Be aware that this practice can really compromise the spring green up of the Bermuda. I did this one year and my lawn didn't look good until mid July. The rye competes with the Bermuda for nutrients and moisture. Overseeding is ok where you have a long growing season and can effectively kill the rye in spring.