Help! How to price and perform aeration and overseeding?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Tyler7692, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    Hello all,

    I would like to start aerating and overseeding and don't know where to begin.

    What is the proper method to do both? What order?

    What should I use to aerate yards up to 3/4 of an acre and what would I use to seed them?

    A little push aerator and a push spreader?

    (I am all new to this)

    What is a "split seeder" (Something I overheard)

    Any help you guys can give me on how to aerate and overseed is greatly appreciated.

    As far as price goes, could someone give me a midwest price range just to give me an idea as to where to start? I will use the range to figure up my costs and time so I can bid and turn a profit.

    Thanks a lot!

    Tyler
     
  2. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    Nobody and 42 views?

    Come on!

    Please just take a second to comment if you have any useful information...


    Thanks, its greatly appreciated

    Tyler
     
  3. senatorcongressman

    senatorcongressman LawnSite Member
    from WDC
    Posts: 40

    Depends on the condition of the lawn. If it is established and in good shape, aerating will help with soil compaction, drainage (corers more so than spikers) and to some degree de-thatching. If there is excessive thatch than de-thatching with a de-thatcher might be needed. Aeration (and de-thatching) should be followed by overseeding. If the lawn is in poor shape (ie mostly crabgrass) and needs a good rejuvination, a vertical mower or slit-seeder can be used to slice into the turf, cutting slits in it. The slit-seeder takes it a step further and deposits seed in the slits. This action is potentially damaging to the root system of the existing turf, so some people say not to do it unless the lawn is in pretty bad shape to begin with. If you are clearing some ivy and brush a good tiller works best.

    I would probably start with a decent push-type core aerator for yards that size and a broadcast spreader.

    Don't forget to water.

    I can't offer advice to pricing as I've been out of this business for 10+ years.
     
  4. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    SenatorCongressman,

    Thank you for taking the time to reply.

    I appreciate your help.
     

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