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JCLandWerks
10-15-2003, 12:27 AM
I am near Chicago and was wondering when the best time to do aeration and dethatching is? And also how much time to I wait after I dethatch to aerate? Thanks for your help!

tiedeman
10-15-2003, 12:57 AM
If you are going to aerate, I feel that there really is no need to thatch then unless it is really necessary (half of inch of thatch or greater) Aeration is a process that helps in thatch reduction as well.

Best time for both though is early spring or late summer/early fall. When you dethatch in the spring make sure to put down a pre-emergence weed control and fertilizer. Also remember that the lawn will be under a great deal of stress for 20-30 days. When you aerate throw down some topdressing and if you desire some seed as well