Aeration question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Steve9, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. Steve9

    Steve9 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 228

    Here in N Texas DFW area we have hard as heck clay soil. Bermuda growns in it but barely. Its so thin, weeds germinate easily.
    Im going to aerate but this seems a temporary solution. As soon as the clay gets soaked it would seem the holes will just close again and your stuck with compacted clay again.
    i think im going to aerate, then spread pulverized gypsum, then topdress with a mixture of topsoil and manure to get some decent soil in there for the grass to grow in. Hopefully filling in the holes slightly with good soil and keeping those airways open with some good breathing soil.
    Any other theories???
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963

    Aerate spring and fall and top dress like you are. I feel most people w/ that soil will not pay what it is worth to get good soil conditions. I would think it would be an ongoing battle. You never know until you put a number with it though
  3. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    If possible you might want to till in the new soil.

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