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how do u aerate w/ a sprinkler system?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The Curious Porpoise, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    if a customer has a sprinkler system installed and wants aeration, how do u go about making sure that the sprinkler head's aren't damaged during aeration?
  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Marking flags...

    Best case scenerio is that you tell the customer the sprinklers need to be marked and that THEY need to do it, you can even supply them the flags if they need them. If they aren't capable of doing it then charge extra to do it. It can be more time consuming then you may think, plus you will need to get wet since the only good way to find heads is by turning the system on.
  3. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    I usually supply m.o. paint and have clients circle heads & valve boxes... not marked or shallow pipes... I'm not responsible.
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    How deep do aerators go and should you aerate St. Augustine?
  5. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    Absolutely, you should aerate St. Augustine - power rake also.
    As far as depth - as deep as the machine will go.
    Typically, you won't be able to penetrate over 3" unless you have a small tractor and a pto powered aerifier - then it is as deep as the tines will go.
    Although, knowing the rocky soil that is common in Kingsland, Texas - you would be happy with 2".

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