aereation timing?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jds912, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. jds912

    jds912 LawnSite Member
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    I have recently purchased a used ryan lawnaire 4. I was wanting to get comfortable and confident about the machine before offering services next year. I am being advised by a very knowledgeable man and he is telling me to aerate in july. I am a bit skeptical even though he has never lead me astray. I maintain all warm season turf. I am in coastal zone 8/9. golf courses have been doing it the last few weeks and some are about to start. Large landscape company does it in march, along with one other smaller operation. Does any one have any experience with what I am speaking of?
     
  2. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
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  3. jds912

    jds912 LawnSite Member
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    thanks mow and blow, did not see that on their web site, need to email them for parts/shop manual.
     
  4. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
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    You might be able to download one of their site
     
  5. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    You need to be a little more specific. What kind of grass? What kind of surface? Irrigated or not? Fertilized or not? Pulling core's or not? Tine spacing? Usually you can aerate bermuda at this time of year. Zoysia, centipede and St. Augustine, maybe not, It all depend's. That's why detail's are so important.
     
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Aeration improves soil compaction, but it tears up grass, the best time to areate is in the spring after the grass has started growing good, or in the fall with enough time for the grass to repair itself befor going dormant. Summer is ok if the grass is extremely healthy, but I wouldn't do it this time of year on fescue or bluegrass.

    Don't forget to mark the sprinklers!!!!!!
     
  7. jds912

    jds912 LawnSite Member
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    All the sites would be irrigated and fertilized, growing quite well. Sandy soil, all warm seaon varieties except bermuda. I believe the machine pulls cores. Not sure if the tine spacing maybe 4 inches, I am getting conflicting opinions. Phd friend says now, experienced proffesional who maintains 1000 acres on private home site says may june, ok now but will need more water.
     
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    We do most of ours between 8/15 and 9/15
     
  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    So this is a lawn? Cut at what height ? It's important to know exactly what kind of grass your on. Can you post a pic ? As long as you have irrigation you should be fine. Warm season grass need's to be aerified in the summer, with your last coring about a month before the first frost.
     
  10. Here in florida you can start in april and I would say til end of september. Grass type doesn't matter they are all growing like crazy. You could core aerate during oct-nov as it is still warm, but growth slows down by mid october.
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