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Aerate Fescue?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Steven B, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Posts: 99

    I've got bermuda grass & I'm going to rent a core aerator next week to do my lawn.
    My girl friend grandpa house has fescue grass & I was plaining on aerate it for him, since the time well be paid for already & it kinda needs it. I talked to my girl friend step dad to see if wanted to use it(he has fescue), he's worked for the school district for over 30 years & he's done every kind of work including landscape work, he doesn't recommend aerating fescue grass.
    Whats your opinion on aerating fescue grass?
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Fescue responds well to aeration, Gramps probibly doesen't want to do it becouse of the labor involved
  3. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    All my yards are fescue and I aerate them once a year.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    One size does not fit all , even in aeration. Do you know why - you want to aerate?
    Thatch is not and issue with fescue.

    **So stop and think.

    What would be the purpose of aeration?

    Stillwater - show some respect, boy!!! Without a specific reason, aeration is folly, but it does make money for the ill-informed, disrespectful, money grubbing, rip-off, LCO.
  5. jlbf0786

    jlbf0786 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Charlotte, NC
    Posts: 531

    Any lawn can benefit from aeration, it doesnt matter what type of turf it is!
    if nothing else it will loosen up all the compacted soil enabling air and water to reach the roots of the established turf!

    Fescue lawns should be aerated 1 time per year during the Fall months.
    if you can't get it done during the Fall, you can also do it in the Early Spring.
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    I second that! Your not aerating the turf, your aerating the soil to alleviate compaction and allow better air, water flow to the root zone to grow a more healthy root structure.
  7. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    Thats not even close to being true.
  8. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Posts: 99

    Thanks for the great insite. I mow his lawn every two weeks & it's most cutting that the lawn has ever had in couple years.:dizzy:
  9. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Here in NC, we have a lot of fescue lawns. We aerate them every year. Every company does around here. Just seed it after you aerate it. I've always had good results. Hope this helps.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Our lawns are a mix of KY blue and fescue with some perennial rye. Most get aerated once a season. Its a pretty popular service offering though the work can be a little tiring.

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