aeration or power raking

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by motichka218, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
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    whats better aeration or power raking.i don't have ether machine, but I'm willing to buy one I'm just not sure on what to get. also what is the going rate for aeration and whats the going rate on power raking.
     
  2. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
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    what are good brands to buy for either one
     
  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Had the same question in here last year; I was told power rake because it puts the holes in the ground without tearing up the turf as bad plus you have the option to lay some seed down as well.

    I did just that, rented one myself and got to say I was completely satisfied with the results.

    Plan on doing again this fall only later in the fall, I did too early.
     
  4. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
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    thanks do you no any of the rates
     
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I just rented mine as I'm a homeowner not a pro.

    Did get dam lucky, walked in on a Friday, $50 a day but since they were closed on the weekend I had it till Monday for one day's rental :walking:
     
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    aerating and power raking are two different things. It's not either or. Aerating alleviates soil compaction and allows better oxygen flow to the root zone and power raking removes thatch from turf. So if you are in an area with clay soils and compaction is a problem go with an aerator if you are in an area where your grasses tend to have excessive thatch go with a power rake. Kirk you may have your machines confused....the aerator puts holes in your soil with hollow tines and the power rake will tear up your lawn a bit. People usually aerate before over seeding
     
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    No fl it's on here somewhere, probably last July or aug as I rented the power rake in Sept after a long battle last year at this time with brown patch and trying to reseed the back by just killing it off and spreading seed in the dead grass then the thread turned into rent a power rake and I was very iffy of that but eventually did then somewhere along the way the discussion came up about the difference between the power rake Vs aerator and from there the tread turned into the difference between the two :dizzy:

    It was a long thread, heck I have problems remembering yesterday sometimes but that stuck out and I committed it to memory for some reason probably because I seen aerating done, knew how left the holes and after I used the power rake it like you said, tore up the turf a but but recovered in two weeks.
     
  8. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
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    do you no the rates most landscapers get for either power raking or aerating
     
  9. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We do aeration for .01 per sq. foot. $50.00 minimum.
     
  10. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
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    ok thanks that helps alot
     

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