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Old 04-11-2000, 09:37 PM
lbmd1 lbmd1 is offline
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I've got a couple of customers who want both an aeration and dethatching in the next few weeks. My question is, should I aerate first then dethatch and clean, or the opposite. By dethatching last, the cleaning will remove most of the aerating cores. They both would be done on the same day. Does it matter at all which way? Thanks!<p>Mike
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Old 04-11-2000, 10:26 PM
GroundKprs GroundKprs is offline
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Core first, then dethatch. This is a good procedure if thatch is heavy. The dethatching will knock the soil off the cores, and let you pick up much of the thatch in the cores.<br>But I never do both on same day. You want it wet for best aerator penetration, but dethatching is best done dry. Customer always wants it looking good in spring, but tell them waiting until cores dry thoroughly will achieve best benefit. Dethatching wet will remove a lot of soil.<p>----------<br>Jim<br>North central Indiana
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Old 04-12-2000, 03:19 PM
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lawrence stone lawrence stone is offline
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This is the way I do it:<p>Tine rake and mow to 1 1/2-2inches (bluegrass)and side discharge clippings.<p>Then I bring out the polish dancer (snapper<br>power plugger).<p>Then I beat the turf to death with a snapper<br>power rake.<p>Then I pick up the thatch with the 52&quot; toro<br>and a wright mfg metal bagger. I also have<br>a square 45 gal plastic trash can on wheels<br>with a metal leaf rake if its super bad.
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Old 04-12-2000, 05:11 PM
ZYAL8R ZYAL8R is offline
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can i fertilze a lawn right after i get done aerating it??? i am looking for an aerator(any suggestions) and was thinking about knocking of two jobs in one stop. aeration and the feretilization
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