LCO not Offering aeration?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by cpel2004, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Very few LCO offer aeration services in S. Florida, and I'm trying to figure out why. I've been in business almost two years and I have not seen one LCO providing aeration. I think It would be an easy sell, due to alot of homeowners that are from northern states. I want here your opinions, we have sandy soils, could this be the reason? However i called Trugreen for an estimate on my property and they wanted to charge me 85 on 3k sq ft lot.
     
  2. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am curious to see answers on this one. Obviously it's an accepted practice and a somewhat easy sell in the north, but what got my curiousity up was last fall in TURF magazine a guy in Florida did a demo on a Turfco Turn-aer (I think it was that model) and commented even when he offered to do jobs for free just to demo the machine he was met with resistance. I've wondered about it ever since.
     
  3. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
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    only criminals offer aeration in south florida!


    so why would you need to aerate sand?
     
  4. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Golf greens contain quite a bit of sand and there areated.
     
  5. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
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    golf greens are a completely differant animal/turf/compacting to create speed/overseeding/daily mowing,,,,,now if your talking st.augustine lawns which is probably 99% of the florida turfs,,,,then only a fool would pay to have st aug aerated!


    chemlawn trys to sell everyone in florida aeration!
     
  6. olive123

    olive123 LawnSite Senior Member
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    st augistine dosent need to be airated. start chopping up those runners and theres gonna be a big problem
     
  7. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Norm Al why isn't the need greater. Aeration promotes root growth, its greatly helps with fertilization. So why not?
     
  8. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd say this would be the biggest reason:
     
  9. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the insight guys, I was thinking about thatch management, too, but maybe it's not a big deal with St. Augustine.
     
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
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    If your here in Mi then it is a big deal. Soil is a lot different them Fl.
     

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