Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kemmer, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    I am offering aerating this season for the first time. I will be renting a machine when i do it. I just have a few questions, when is the best time to aerate? Spring or Fall? Also should i seed after? if so, should i use the same seed on every lawn or use the same type thats on the lawn already? If i use the same seed for every lawn, what should i use that would be the best?
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Typically it is suggested to aerate in the fall. I get more calls for it in the spring. I do my lawn in the spring and fall both. I put 1/2 seed down before and the other 1/2 down after, but to each his own. If you were going to do one or the other, probably putting down afterwards would yield the highest germination rate. If it's a fescue lawn, I would suggest overseeding with fescue seed.....that's a no brainer.

    Good luck
  3. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    We try to schedule all day worth of aeration. Any time is a good time for aeration.
  4. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    I aerate spring/mid summer/fall.
  5. lawnboy30

    lawnboy30 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I have been doing more and more in the fall, but Spring or Fall seems to work, overseed only with same seed as the lawn you are applying it to. Since you are renting, obviously line up as many lawns as you can.

    When I can, I schedule aerating in the fall and only thatch, fertilize, pre-em in the Spring.

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