Aerating New Sod

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by heygrassman, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
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    How long before you would recommend aeration of newer sod (less than 6 months old).
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always wait at least a year. It takes that long for the root zone to be established and take hold. I don't think it's a wise idea to run a 300 - 500lb machine over new sod pulling plugs up at the same time.

    just my 2 cents.

  3. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    With a roller or drum type aerator (lawnair IV, V, Classen, pull behind etc.) I have had problems on sod up to two years after installation.

  4. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
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    About 3 months is plenty (during growing season). If it hasn't been able to root by then you should have aerated before you laid it!
  5. I have found that if the seams have grown together it has rooted well enough to aerate.
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I accidently went over some sod that was laid last fall and oh boy am I glad I stopped the tractor and looked down. It began to roll the sod onto the aerator.

    I don't recommend it. Made some ruts too. It was the homeowners mistake because he told me there were no problems or concerns prior to aeration, besides it was a friend.

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