03-29-2004, 07:46 PM
I have gotten tired of trying to remove every rock from some of the lawns I do. Preping with a power rake seems to just keep bringing them to the surface. I decide to try something different this past weekend. Instead of trying to loosen the soil deep by tilling, which just gives more rocks, I set the power rake about 2 inches to level and smooth the lawn and then raised it up to where it would just skim the surface and rake the visible rocks to the side. I then hooked up my areovator and went over the entire area. What i found was that the areovator would make the surface super smooth and cover all the little stones under the dirt. Durn lawn looked like a lettuce bed with little holes all in it. I then hydroseeded over top of the area. I have never heard of anyone areating for new seeding before, only when overseeding. Do you guy feel that this process will work and that the areovator loosened the soil to a sufficent depth as to be comparable to tilling the soil. Sure was a durn site faster and a lot less work than the tilling. Am also curious as to whether the hole getting full of hydromulch from the hydroseeding might even hold a little more water or whether it just provides a place for the water to drain. Anyway, I did it and should see the results in a few days good or bad. Lets hear your opinions.