Aeration question

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by osueric27, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. osueric27

    osueric27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Hello all,

    Several of my neighbors and myself are getting together to rent a 72" Land Pride power seeder this fall to overseed our lawns. We each have about 3 acres. My question is, should I aerate a week or a few days prior? Will this gain me anything, or would I be wasting my time.

    By the way my lawn is all tall fescue in southern Indiana. It is pretty well established, but there are areas that need a little work, hence the power seeder. Also, some of the yards have a lot of builders clay and curious if aerating will help breakup the soil prior to power seeding.

    Thanks for the help!

    Eric
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,307

    Is your yard compacted? If so then you need to aerate, and early fall, before you seed, is the best time to do this. But you are doing this to relieve compaction, not make a seedbed. An aerator doesn't really break up the ground but if you have compaction it will help with the overall health of your soil. The 72" landpride is a slit seeder, plant the seed 3/16" deep at 6-8 Lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. and keep the soil moist for a month and you should have new grass. Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  3. osueric27

    osueric27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Thanks for the info. My yard is not compacted. I aerate and overseed every year. One of the neighbors is compacted, so I think we will run the aerator over it several times and then overseed.
     
  4. keperkey

    keperkey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    Eric,

    What do you use to aerate 3 acres? We are buying a house with 3 acres this week and I am trying to figure out how I am going to maintain the yard.
     

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