Aerate St. Augastine Grass or Not

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by denco5, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. denco5

    denco5 LawnSite Member
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    Does it help to aerate St. Augastine grass in Florida. If so, what are the benefits? How does it help the grass?
     
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    denco5



    Here in Florida's Calcareous sandy soil, the benefits of aeration are not realized by most LCO or homeowners. But go to any Golf Course or professional kept turf like an athletic field and ask the Green Keeper if they aerate. The answer will be yes and quite often. Sandy soil does get compacted. The best results of aeration will be realized if the turf is top dressed with a organic matter.

    One place you will see a great benefit is on Banks or hill where water tends to run off. Aeration with an organic top dressing will make a world of difference.


    Good luck on trying to sell aeration to home owners.

    BTW I have a Ryan Mark IV aerator in perfect condition for sale.
     
  3. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's a great link

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_BOOK_Florida_Lawn_Handbook

    Aerification is very beneficial in compacted ... clay base soils ..... in a renovation process of stressed turf ..... many conditions sould be address .... we have such a sandy based soil foundation in FL it's rare to use it to the extent of Northern turf ...

    Even dethacthing or vertical cut has limited use with our St. Aug ..... it's better to control every day use of over watering n fert which lead to heavy thatch issues or pest issues from a "spoiled lawn" which has shallow root structure is over ferted n such ....

    SSsssooo Many homeowners .... do it them selves .... over water .... fert the piss out of it ....n cut with a dinky push mower .... our St. Aug is such a tough .... course blade ..... spreads with runners ... which over lap each other .... creating pockets of thatch which the bugs love .... as well a fungus n weed seeds

    I've done plenty of dethatching ... scalping in Early spring ..... sod removal but NO aeration down here
     

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