Aeration -vs- Slit Seeder

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by SWEET-T, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. SWEET-T

    SWEET-T LawnSite Member
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    Still using aerators and spreaders and thinking of going with a slit seeder type of device. Anyone out there have any pros and cons of each and why you pick one over the other.
     
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well, what we are talking about are two distinct services really.

    Aerating is something that should be done, regardless of how you seed.

    If you broadcast seed, it should be done at the time of aeration (Although the germination rate on this type of seeding in established grass is so little, its almost not worth doing).

    If you Slice Seed, you should still aerate as normal, but its not critical that its done at the same time.

    I like to aerate, wait two weeks for the holes to have a chance to heal a little, and then slice seed with an overseeder.
     
  3. SWEET-T

    SWEET-T LawnSite Member
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    yeah I know no one who slices in so I wasn't sure the most common procedure used.
     
  4. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Pros:

    gets better coverage and germination with less seed

    Cons:

    Much more work to run it over the lawn twice on a narrow path. Your price will have to be much higher than merely seeding, even with some savings on seed.

    Lawn really should be run over to dethatch it first or thatch buildup in spots will block seed from getting down

    Lawn really should be aerated also anyway.

    seeder can do more damage to an otherwise nice existing lawn.

    Hard to use on hills and uneven terrain unless self-propelled model.

    Little depressions will get skipped by reels and seed will just lay on top of ground

    Sharp crests in lawn can get dug up pretty good.


    I reserve it for situations where lawn HAS to be done right and conditions for aerating/seeding alone are poor, such as here we had watering restrictions so power seeding helped more of it survive with minimal water. And of course the customer should be educated about the advantages and disadvantages. If you send out quotes w/o explaining it you'll wind up not getting most of them and pissing off the customers who find their lawn more torn up than by aerating.
     

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