Aeration in Florida.. When is the best time?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bugguy8, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. bugguy8

    bugguy8 LawnSite Member
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    I am thinking of doing Aeration and De-thatching.

    When is the best time of year or what months are best to do Aeration?

    How many times a year can it be done and still be use full ?

    How much do you charge for Aeration and how much for De-thatching?

    Thanks
     
  2. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There is no need to aerate sandy soil, it perks just fine, most sod in Fl. doesn't need dethatching either, unless its Bahia, IMHO
     
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    No thatching???? Zoysia st augustine and bermuda all need regular thatching!! Bahia needs it the least...it needs iron supplement a lower pH and overseeding. Lot of golf courses wasting money aerating all the time.
     
  4. bugguy8

    bugguy8 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the advice....

    Anyone else have any good advice?
     
  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    The time to aerate is when you have compacted areas of soil. There is no season for it really just a rememdy to soil compaction in florida. If your doing pre-m on the turf you may want to aerate prior because you will bring up weed seed and break the barrier you formed with the pre-m.
     
  6. bugguy8

    bugguy8 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Fl-Landscapes..... Good Advice.......
     
  7. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    No problem. As far as verti-cutting goes just be sure to do it during the growing season so it recovers quickly. If you do it during the winter months the turf will not look good for a longer period of time and it's not healthy for the turf to stress it out and not have it be able to recover.
     
  8. bugguy8

    bugguy8 LawnSite Member
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    Verti-Cutting? Sorry, Im not up to par on the Lawn care Lingo yet.

    Are you referring to Aeration?

    And what should I look for in an Aerator so I know its a good piece of equipment that will benefit the customer the most?
     
  9. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    verti-cutting is one way of de-thatching a lawn and in my opinion the best way. There are power rakes but I don't think the do as good a job especially on St augustine grass. I would do a search on this site about aerators and you'll find a ton of info but definitly look at the "lawn solutions" aerator. It looks great!
     
  10. bugguy8

    bugguy8 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks..... I will check out veri-cutting.

    Is that what you are doing?:)
     

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