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Old 09-01-2013, 03:43 PM
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cutting lawn low prior to being aerated

was curious how low is low on northern grass. for u guys that do aeration how low do u prefer or take the lawn down to? been a long time since i was involved in aerating a lawn, is cutting at 2 1/2 inch ok? and if over seeding afterwords would u go for lower?
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:58 PM
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It depends on the current health of the lawn. For fescue, 3 inches is low enough for aeration. Any lower and you will cause the carbs that are stored in the roots to begin to release. Some types of fescue lawns need repair some don't because they repair themselves through lateral spreading rhizomes.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:09 PM
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yeah, good point (current health) and thanks. right now and it having been very dry, lawns in much need of moisture (some are not looking to good atm), think going to low could have a negative impact. in the past past requests, just been asked low but was wondering what a good rule of thumb could be.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:49 PM
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I only cut it low for slit seeding or seed drill
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:45 AM
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Why would one aerate fescue at all??? I had a client that insisted on aerating a fescue lawn and he had to see for himself that the plugged fescue grasses died and did not fill back in as KBG does... Sometimes you get new seed to germinate but that doesn't replace existing grass very well does it???
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:17 PM
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Educate yourself my friend there are a great variety of Rhizome forming fescue that repair themselves rather nicely.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:54 PM
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Be careful about your claims, Koester. The myth about rhizomatous tall fescue was spread as a marketing ploy and is one gigantic half-truth. The truth is that all tall fescue cultivars produce rhizomes -- BUT, those rhizomes are so small and inconsequential that they don't help the plant to spread. Even the so-called RTF cultivars can't produce a single daughter plant from their rhizomes. But, the short stubby underground stems are present nonetheless, so they make their claim.

All that aside, though, tall fescue lawns can benefit just as much from aeration as other lawns.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:49 PM
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I've pulled many over a foot long out of flowerbeds(Not bermuda or any other type of rhizome grass). We have a Fescue sodfarm here and its about all they grow. Its beautiful!
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Too far north for TTTF and our fescue varieties do not need aeration any more than rye... if I need to "Educate myself" further then perhaps someone here can tell my why one would aerate fescue... For seedbeds???
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Everyone needs education, including me. Don't take offense so quickly.
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