Aerate before slit seeding?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CRUZMISL, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. CRUZMISL

    CRUZMISL LawnSite Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 186

    Hi,
    I usually make 2 passes with the aerator every fall. I want to reseed to introduce a different type of KBG. I plan to use the Ryan slitseeder but wanted to know if it would be best to aerate first.

    Thanks!
    J.
     
  2. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,230

    I would do either or but not both.
    The aeration turds will be a mess in a slit seeder and you could disturb the seed if you aerate after seeding directly.
     
  3. Gators_Aerator

    Gators_Aerator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    I have heard to do both, but I agree the plugs would make a mess.

    However they also provide a top dressing effect.

    You may do both a fee days apart. Aerate first.
     
  4. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Do both. And broadcast perennial rye as a kick in the pants.

    Be generous with your seed and I always times three the rate plus lay down rye.

    Criss cross your seeding into a diamond pattern as well.

    Again I dont want to be rude but some of the things I hear here amaze me.

    Maybe you guys just dont know or havent been doing this very long but you cant possibly hurt a lawn you're going to seed by aerifying first. Or mess up your results. They can only and will only improve.
     
  5. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,230

    If you read closely I noted not to aerate after seeding.. The machine will do damage there.
    Experience?? Is 30 years combined commercial, residential and municipal experience enough??
     
  6. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 834

    Don't set the aerator to deep and you might get away with just that alone. Use fescue. IMO.
     
  7. CRUZMISL

    CRUZMISL LawnSite Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 186

    Why fescue and not KBG? I was planning on using the Galaxy blend from Turfseed.
     
  8. suggestion for seed, we need more info on where you are located!

    Use to double aerate, then silt seed on fairways ( cut at 1 inch), most of seed that germinate was in the aerification holes, so very little of the seed from silt seeder would actually make into the silts in the soil! but the slit seeder did a great job on breaking up the aerification plugs!

    wonder why the seed never made into the slits?
     
  9. CRUZMISL

    CRUZMISL LawnSite Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 186

    I am in the a suburb of Detroit Michigan. I don't have a lot of traffic on my grass and have an irrigation system since the water demands are high with KGB. Is the Galaxy blend a good choice?

    J.
     
  10. Now live in c. va., the transition zone, but grew up and maintained turfgrass west of chicago, il.

    home lawns in that part of country would need very little supplemental irrigation as a rule.

    What grass, % of and varieties are in the galaxy blend?

    what is the quality of existing turfgrass now?
     

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