Old 10-02-2012, 10:48 PM
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to aerify or not to aerify

We have had 3-4 inches of rain in the last week and it stopped tonight. My question is, I have several more yards to aerify should I let them dry up or go for it? I have some that are getting slit seeded afterwards but I will let those dry up a day or so after I aerify them before I do them.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:56 PM
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core aerification on a home lawn? is that really necessary? I can't see that there's enough traffic to create the compaction that we see on a golf course that requires core aerification. I can't justify it myself... just my two cents.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:30 PM
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I would wait until they dry up. Otherwise you will be leaving tire ruts in the lawn.

I aerate 90% of all my customers lawns.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:41 PM
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Too wet??

I wish.

Here I am waiting for it to rain TO aerate. Hasn't rained here in a month. Bone dry rock hard MN clay.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:50 PM
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It is possible to get an aerator stuck in the mud... especially in our GA red clay

Ask me how I know...
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:33 AM
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We can aerate right up until the ground freezes, but I don't want to do it early, if its too dry or too wet... aerating in soggy clay type soil causes the problem of puddling, which means turning the plugs into stoney/gravelly chunks and possible compacted edges around the holes... if the process doesn't promote positive steps towards better tilth, then you are better off waiting, for decent soil moisture...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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