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bobbygedd
03-10-2005, 04:59 PM
so what would happen if you aerated, then immediatly applied your first round (dimension w fert). any problem?

AL Inc
03-10-2005, 05:14 PM
Bob, you will be OK as far as crabgrass control, but you are opening up the lawn to lots of broadleaf weeds. I did it one year on a few clients, and had a problem with a lot of dandelions. It definitely is beneficial to the lawn, just as long as the client knows what to expect.

SOMM
03-10-2005, 05:27 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=98149&highlight=pre

-good thread from a few days back on this subject

bobbygedd
03-10-2005, 05:41 PM
Bob, you will be OK as far as crabgrass control, but you are opening up the lawn to lots of broadleaf weeds. I did it one year on a few clients, and had a problem with a lot of dandelions. It definitely is beneficial to the lawn, just as long as the client knows what to expect.
i can only assume, your dandelions would have been a problem wether you did spring aeration or not. why would there be a difference?

launboy
03-10-2005, 05:43 PM
why would there be more broadleaf if aeration before? You got the fert down.

AL Inc
03-10-2005, 07:02 PM
Yes Bob, you are right, I felt it made the problem worse though

Mo Green
03-10-2005, 07:06 PM
How does spring aeration make broadleaf weeds worse?

bobbygedd
03-10-2005, 07:12 PM
Yes Bob, you are right, I felt it made the problem worse though
i'm sure it will contribute to certain weed types. i think the benefits will out weight the drawbacks. and i'm sure a nice blanket of trimec 3 weeks after will help.

gusbuster
03-10-2005, 11:42 PM
How does spring aeration make broadleaf weeds worse?
Not so much worse, but why do we aerate?

Because it helps the lawn. Don't you think therefore that it would help the weeds also.

grassyfras
03-11-2005, 12:33 AM
more soil to seed contact for those dandelions.

bobbygedd
03-11-2005, 01:31 AM
more soil to seed contact for those dandelions.
which dandelions?

HOOLIE
03-11-2005, 01:36 AM
Now Bobby, what happens if you first aerate...then apply kitty litter?

grassyfras
03-12-2005, 01:21 PM
the dandelion seeds that are floating around everywhere. Inless you guys up north dotn ahve dandelions.

grasswhacker
03-12-2005, 03:58 PM
I have almost exclusively aerated my cutomers lawns in the spring. Nothing helps a lawn more than opening up the soil after the winter months and allowing the air and moisture into the root zone. Once you aerate in the spring you will see an incredible transformation from dull winter yellow/brown/green to lush vibrant rich green color and growth. Fall can be iffy when it comes to aeration due to the tendancy to be drier or possibly even drought type conditions which if you aerate can hurt the root zone. IMO