Aeration, Power/Slit Seeding, and Weed Control...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by anon4once, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does anyone have experience with gypsum mixed in with clay to help it percolate?? Does it really work???
  2. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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  3. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    anon4once: I am having some trouble with my account here due to an email problem I caused. Thank you for your note on my user page.
  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    Correction on #2 go in and slice seed as soon as you can after aeration. Schedule lawns so you can aerate in the morning and slit seed them in the afternoon. The cutting action of the seeder will break up the cores giving your seed better seed / soil effectiveness. Weeds should take care of themselves this time of year save the money for the broadleaf app. Do it in the spring after the first mowing.
  5. anon4once

    anon4once LawnSite Member
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    I aerated yesterday morning, and slit seeded in the afternoon. Some areas of my soil were so packed/clay the aerator didn't even scratch the surface. The slice seeder broke up the top layer a little, but I think I'm going to need to really get in those areas with a tiller and mix in some compost to introduce organic material. (I probably should have soaked those areas 24 hours in advance, but it was too late once I had the machine)

    The places my soil was sparsest were the same areas the aerate wouldn't puncture, so I did learn alot about my lawn in this process.

    Overall, I'm happy with the work yesterday and only time will tell how it turns out. I ended up using Lesco Teammates Athletic in the sunny areas, and their Connecticut shade mix in the shaded areas, and mixed of both of those (using broadcast spreader) in the transition area after slit seeding.

    I ended up paying $68 for the aerator, $68 for the seeder, and $190 for 100# of seed. I thought I was going to have a ton of seed left, but I really couldn't control the seed flow on the rental seeder - even in the closed position it was pissing out seed - I think I definitely put more seed down than needed.

    This part of CT is $$$$ (but I'm poor). Local guys wanted $375-$450 to aerate, so I saved a ton by doing this myself and really appreciate everyone's input and time. (I got a good workout too!)
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cover the hardpan areas with generous amounts of compost, even if it is just a few bags in small areas and there will be a noticeable change by Spring... :)

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