cutting lawn low prior to being aerated

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bare spot, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
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    was curious how low is low on northern grass. for u guys that do aeration how low do u prefer or take the lawn down to? been a long time since i was involved in aerating a lawn, is cutting at 2 1/2 inch ok? and if over seeding afterwords would u go for lower?
     
  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    It depends on the current health of the lawn. For fescue, 3 inches is low enough for aeration. Any lower and you will cause the carbs that are stored in the roots to begin to release. Some types of fescue lawns need repair some don't because they repair themselves through lateral spreading rhizomes.
     
  3. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yeah, good point (current health) and thanks. right now and it having been very dry, lawns in much need of moisture (some are not looking to good atm), think going to low could have a negative impact. in the past past requests, just been asked low but was wondering what a good rule of thumb could be.
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I only cut it low for slit seeding or seed drill
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why would one aerate fescue at all??? I had a client that insisted on aerating a fescue lawn and he had to see for himself that the plugged fescue grasses died and did not fill back in as KBG does... Sometimes you get new seed to germinate but that doesn't replace existing grass very well does it???
     
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Educate yourself my friend there are a great variety of Rhizome forming fescue that repair themselves rather nicely.
     
  7. Skipster

    Skipster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Be careful about your claims, Koester. The myth about rhizomatous tall fescue was spread as a marketing ploy and is one gigantic half-truth. The truth is that all tall fescue cultivars produce rhizomes -- BUT, those rhizomes are so small and inconsequential that they don't help the plant to spread. Even the so-called RTF cultivars can't produce a single daughter plant from their rhizomes. But, the short stubby underground stems are present nonetheless, so they make their claim.

    All that aside, though, tall fescue lawns can benefit just as much from aeration as other lawns.
     
  8. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've pulled many over a foot long out of flowerbeds(Not bermuda or any other type of rhizome grass). We have a Fescue sodfarm here and its about all they grow. Its beautiful!
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Too far north for TTTF and our fescue varieties do not need aeration any more than rye... if I need to "Educate myself" further then perhaps someone here can tell my why one would aerate fescue... For seedbeds???
     
  10. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Everyone needs education, including me. Don't take offense so quickly.
     

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