Originally Posted by GrassGroomers69
I have been in the lawn industry for about four years now. I have never really fooled with fertilization any more than a little weed and feed. I was wondering what would be a good time to aereate and fertilize someones yard in the spring? I will probably end up using some kind of fescue. and my location is middle Tennessee.
Spring aerations really don't get off to a good running start in s. Ohio until the first week of May, usually because of monsoon-like rains typical of April.
Given your latitude respective to Ohio, I'd shoot for doing both together, the latter half of April, when you first begin to notice that all the turf's beginning to grow together "in unison".
You really shouldn't go out & pull aeration cores in soil that's not yet "actively growing", so going out & doing it on some freaky warm day in February is a definite no-no!
Aerating too early like this can do irreversible damage to a dormant turfs' root system, particularly if it is subjected to FREEZING CONDITIONS again, without being 1st covered by an insulating blanket of snow.
There is also the possibility of severe dessication within a dormant root system after aeration; but this problem can also negatively affect an ACTIVELY growing lawn that's just been aerated, just about as badly.