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09-09-2000, 09:42 PM
Aerating lawns do you leave the plugs on the ground or do you clean them up?

09-09-2000, 09:44 PM
Leave them there. If I had to pick them up, I wouldn't aerate in the first place!

09-09-2000, 10:00 PM
if your customers complain you can
1. charge more for picking them up.
2. drag a peice of chain link fence over the lawn to break them up.
either way you make more CHEEZE "I LIKE CHEEZE "

09-09-2000, 10:42 PM
This areator goes on the front of my Walker mower by mainline of america. as far as picking up the plugs ill use my other Walker to suck em and bag em. Boy I love those Walker mowers all those impliments and attachments.

09-10-2000, 12:10 AM
One problem you may have is the plugs plugging up your walker. You may want to wait until the plugs are dry...or better yet educate the homeowner on the benefits of leaving the plugs on the lawn.
If you get lots of deep plugs you may find that the awesome suction power of the walker causes the deck and intake chute to plug with mud. It can really make a huge mess. Better to let them gradually break down and each time you mow they become less and less of an issue.
I almost ordered the millcreek aerator but my machine is older and I wasn't sure if pushing the aerator would stress the hydros. It looks like a decent set up hope it works great! Let us know...

09-10-2000, 12:11 AM
Thanks on the walker info.

09-10-2000, 12:17 AM
thats right and consider what all those tiny peices of sand doing to that expensive blower wheel...$$$$somtimes it good to have a detcated machine in the long run theres less maintence

09-10-2000, 04:37 AM
I leave them there. Top soil is a precious commodity.


09-10-2000, 08:06 AM
I drag chain link fence over them to brake them up, also when overseeding helps to get seed down to the soil.I add the time it takes my to pull the fence to my price, looks better when done.

09-10-2000, 08:17 AM
I leave them to break up. I include a brief letter stating what I did and how the customer should then water. It also explains the benefits of leaving the cores, and nobody has complained. Although I tell them to sprinkle with a light mist twice daily, I saw one of them shoting a stream of water to the ground. They said they were breaking up the cores. Looked to me like they were washing away their seed !


John DiMartino
09-10-2000, 09:13 PM
I drag them back in with a drag mat,this is the best way to clean up.

09-10-2000, 10:06 PM
I always leave them lay. If you do it when you are supposed to (when the grass is activly growing), they will disapear in just over a week.

I did one lawn very late in the year last year, way after the last cutting, and the plugs stayed around for some time. Do the plugging when the grass is growing well.

09-10-2000, 10:19 PM
If you have an AERA-vator , like Ray does, you wont have any cores. It just vibrates the tines into the ground.

gene gls
09-10-2000, 11:24 PM
landscaper3: Discribe your areator, I have never heard of mainline of america.I have a JRCO soft pluger for my Walker.Its the only one I have seen advertised for a Walker.

09-10-2000, 11:26 PM
give me your email address ill post it on my site with camera

09-11-2000, 12:34 AM
Leave them on the ground. Provides a good top dressing once they break apart.

09-11-2000, 06:26 AM
ray :do they make a walk behind aeravator?

09-11-2000, 02:45 PM
No. I couldn't imagine holding on to it if they did. :eek: The pull behind reqiures at least a 3 cylinder tractor, just imagine that engine on a walk behind. ;)


09-11-2000, 04:03 PM
Has anyone used or have seen Turfco's Aerators..What do you think of them ??I have paperwork on their whole product line and I'm considering it.Thanks