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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DND Outdoor, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. DND Outdoor

    DND Outdoor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I have read a lot of threads on here referencing aeration. Are most speaking in general about plug aerators or spike. I aerated last fall with a plugger and I was thinking about using a spike before overseeding for this spring?
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963

    A spike will make holes in the ground, but wont relieve compaction nearly as well as taking a plug out of the soil. When you plug you are removing soil that allows surrounding soil to collapse back into the hole. On a spike, you are more or less making a hole, but compacting the dirt around the hole when the spike enters the soil.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Don't bother with a spike aerator if you are gonna overseed...in fact, don't bother with a spike aerator at all IMO.

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