Aerate, To wet?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DynaMow, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. DynaMow

    DynaMow LawnSite Senior Member
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    can it be to wet to aerate?
     
  2. Gumby

    Gumby LawnSite Member
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    I read somewhere that it can be too wet to aerate. The problem occurs when the coring tine goes into the ground to pull the plug out, it drags so much mud into the hole with it that it causes "glazing" which seals the inside surface of the hole and doesn't allow air to pass into the soil.
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it is too wet, the prop looks like someone rototilled it...nothing less than some complete muddy mess.
     
  4. Gators_Aerator

    Gators_Aerator LawnSite Member
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    I find it to be more of a mess factor. Not only for the equipment, but also for the client.

    It will leave clumps of mud that will not degrade as fast as the plugs.

    You have to use caution in very wet conditions. Although wet conditions are good. To much will only cause more of a mess.
     
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    yes, it is actually not a good idea to do it when it is wet.
     
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Absolutely. When it is that soft, the plugs don't push out of the tines by the next downward push. What happens, is that when they get plugged up and the soil is that soft, the pipes just go down into the soil, push a hole in, but don't remove a plug. This actually adds to the compaction on the soil.
     
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like others have already stated there comes a point when the process can cause more problems than what you are trying to accomplish.
     
  8. FINN

    FINN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
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    I'm with Runner. It's exactly how I explain it to customers.
     
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Good post. I agree.
     
  10. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    Too wet or too dry are not good for aeration. Not good for the lawn or the equipment. For all the reasons stated above. But I really like the glazing thing...Too wet it glazes the holes sides and air will not pass....Soil that is soaked with water will not pass air anyway...It is all full of water...
     

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