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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Jan 17, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 553

    Living in NW Ohio I'm wondering when to offer services for lawn aeration? I've heard this helps promote root growth for a thicker lawn. Is this true? Is it hard to run an aerator? Thanks for your advice.
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

  3. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    I think it is a proven fact that it will help make a lawn better. But, the bad thing is it is not an imeadiate noticable change to your customer like a few weeks after a good fert app.

    It was a easy sell for awhile around here at two times a year. Now it seems to be alittle harder to get one. I figure one in the fall on all my commercial full service bids unless they are looking too close at final numbers then it is one of the first things I cut out.

    Most I have been taught at seminars etc, is if only doing one time then Fall is the best time just like Fall fert since they both are the best time for root growth which is what makes a good lawn better.
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    We offer SPRING aeration services from April 15th thru May 31st. Then we offer this service again in the FALL from September 15th thru October 15th.

    Here is the Aeration Section of our proposal:

    Core aeration is the mechanical removal of a small core of soil and thatch.

    The benefits to your lawn are the following:
    >>breaks through dense thatch and opens up the soil to permit free movement of water, fertilizer and air
    >>by extracting the cores from every square foot of your lawn, core aeration relieves soil compaction and gives grass roots room to grow
    >>the soil cores breakdown and integrate into the thatch to speed up its decomposition. Roots will dig deeper into the soil and spread farther.

    This will help your lawn survive stressful times of drought, high temperature and normal foot traffic. But of course the most important results of core aeration is a healthier, more beautiful, more lasting lawn.

    Bringing up cores is one of the most important forms of preventive maintenance you can give your lawn, and should be done once a year. Once core aerated, your lawn will be dotted with the little plugs we've pulled from the soil. These plugs will break apart and disappear into the lawn within a week or two.

    Aerators are not difficult to run. Just make sure that your guys operate them in a manner so that the machine is turned around on the turf areas only. Then do the perimeter last to avoid the plugs getting onto pedestrian and vehicular pavements.

    Hope this helps.
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    One more thing that I add to this when telling a customer about aeration is that you will have less water run off of rain or their sprinkler system, especially on hills, unless the ground is already saturated. Also it thickens the lawns a lot.

  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I believe they say that it lessens water run off by at least twenty five percent?? This is what I've heard.

    As for thickening the lawns this is absolutely true because the cores give the grass roots room to grow and expand, hence the THICKENING of the lawn.

  7. jay

    jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    Soil compaction, caused by traffic
    such as walking and mowing, is
    one of the greatest causes of turf
    deterioration. When soil is
    compacted dirt particles are forced
    together, reducing the area where
    roots can grow. Aeration, the
    process of mechanically removing
    cores of turf to improve the flow
    of air, water and nutrients in
    dense, compacted soil, relieves
    soil compaction by improving the
    exchange of water and critical
    nutrients between the atmosphere
    and grass roots. Aeration increases
    drought resistance, enhances water
    and fertilizer uptake, and reduces
    puddling and water run-off. Chuck
    Daum, Residential Equipment
    Coordinator, The Davey Tree
    Expert Company, Kent, Ohio
    believes "Aeration is the single
    most important add-on service that
    a lawn client should consider.
    Producing a healthier, more
    vigorous lawn with fewer weeds
    makes it a high value, low cost
    service that benefits the
    For optimal effectiveness aeration
    should be performed at least once
    annually. Spring (between March
    and May) and fall (between
    August and November) are the
    ideal times to aerate cool-season
    grasses, such as perennial ryegrass
    and Fescue. Warm-season grasses,
    such as zoysiagrass and
    bermudagrass benefit the most
  8. Scape Sculptor

    Scape Sculptor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Spring and Fall, Do a search on the net for the Universities like Penn State or Ohio State, any of the big ag colleges will have detail info on it.

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