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Old 03-24-2003, 02:15 PM
cutterj cutterj is offline
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Too earlyt to aerate???

Is it to early to start aerating and dethatching? I want to get started next weekend, but i'm not sure if it is too early yet.
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Old 03-24-2003, 04:58 PM
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I would think in Michigan it would be. I'm in NJ and don't even consider aerating until May when the lawns are (and have been) actively growing.
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:28 PM
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I would do it, as long as the ground is not frozen, and it is not so wet that you'll make a big mess.
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Old 03-24-2003, 08:38 PM
David Haggerty David Haggerty is offline
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I aerated one saturday. 52/k sq ft.

This morning I showed it to the head of the maintenance dept. for that company.

He gasped!

Yup, I'd say it's still too wet in Ohio. Spent a big portion of today straightening it up.

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Old 03-24-2003, 10:01 PM
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Originally posted by rodfather
I'm in NJ and don't even consider aerating until May when the lawns are (and have been) actively growing.
Rod, why is that? I ask because in another thread I mentioned a friend wanting his lawn aerated and overseeded.
I was going to do it this week only because I want to get the seed down before it gets too warm (he doesn't want to wait until fall to seed).

Plus with all the recent rain, I thought it would be a good time because the ground should be softer.

Are there cons that I'm not thinking of?
Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2003, 12:03 AM
Mike Bradbury Mike Bradbury is offline
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idea is

you want TURF roots filling those open holes (exposed open dirt), as quickly as possible, NOT germinating weed seeds. If you do it before the turf is growing they will sit open for whatever falls into them.
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Old 03-25-2003, 05:07 PM
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A decent seed should start germination in 7 - 10 days. I wait until the ground is at least 50 degrees and maintaining that temperature as well...that's why I wait until early May to overseed after aerating.

Even in April, we can get some cool nights. This morning it was only 36 degrees when I got out of bed (5:15 am).
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Old 03-25-2003, 09:53 PM
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We have been aerating and slitseeding for the past week and have 2 more weeks of it. The soil is soft now and easy to plug. Get the seed in the ground now and you can start mowing you accounts soon. It doesn't hurt the seed to lay there untill ground temp rises. our first mow last year (N. Ohio) was April 8,.
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Old 03-25-2003, 10:07 PM
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i have about 10 thatching jobs lined up inabout 3 weeks,are you guys saying not to do them because it will cause weed growth instead of promte the lawn to regerminate and grow?
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Old 03-25-2003, 10:27 PM
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The compitition hasd been doing it since 3 weeks ago even though a day later we got 47".
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