Help with Aeration \ Leveling

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by kcpcalvin, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. kcpcalvin

    kcpcalvin LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 4

    I live in North Georgia and have an otherwise good looking lawn. Regular trugreen treatments. Very thick and healthy turf. Two problems. My lawn is no longer smooth and level. The mower is bouncing as I go enough to make circular marks, I've had to slow down the mower to keep the marks less noticible. How do I level this?

    My back yard is dying in spots and the water is pooling even though there is a decline. Will an aeration cure this? Is renting an aerator at Home Depot sufficient? I've had bad luck with landscapers down here, called 3 made appointments and none showed, so I'll be doing all of this myself.

    Please help, thanks!
     
  2. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    Aeration will not correct the issue you have with the lawn not being level. Aeration should be done though in spring before the fertilizer goes down to promote root growth. Here at the beach most of the gold courses close down for 4 days this month just for aeration of the fairways.

    Can you post pictures of the problems so we can better see what you are dealing with?
     
  3. kcpcalvin

    kcpcalvin LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 4

    I can't really post a picture of the uneven spots, the mower just bumps. I have a 21" honda and it will leave circular marks from the blades going low in spots where the bumps are. I'll see if i can get a picture to show it.
     
  4. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    If you are having that problem with a 21" mower what kind of soil do you have? Might try a steel sod roller to level out some of the smaller mounds.
     
  5. kcpcalvin

    kcpcalvin LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 4

    sorry, not bumps, depressions.
     
  6. kcpcalvin

    kcpcalvin LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 4

    Here are some pics of the back, I think its too compacted.

    3068 was grass, flooded, now the water never drains there, after a rain is is spongy.

    3069 is a close up of 3070

    3070 is very hard, grass won't grow, last year it did fine. I thought it was the pine tree limbs above, those were removed, think it needs to be aerated?

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  7. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    I would use organic compost mixed with sand and some grass seed to fill in the depressions. I would not put more than an inch down at a time. Every 10 days I would fill the depression until it is level.
     

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