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Mowing after aerating and overseeding?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bearcatlawn, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. bearcatlawn

    bearcatlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    A yard of mine was aerated and overseeded on monday(by their fertilizing company). We cut it every Friday. Should I continue to cut it on Friday or wait for awhile. Will I do any damage to their work?
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    It depends on how much it has grown & how moist the soil is. I would probably wait a week to mow again.
  3. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    I wait 2-3 weeks Is that to long? I want a good growth on it, also I dont want to compact the plugs to early. Someone else tell us what you do?
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    If your customers will go for it, you're better off waiting 2 1/2 weeks or so. This is so that the new grass roots don't get damaged as easy.
  5. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,583

    i was going to keep on my weekly schedule. i don't want to miss out on a cutting.
  6. bearcatlawn

    bearcatlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    This customer irrigates their lawn. Waiting two and a half weeks is probably out of the question. But, I don't want to damage the lawn. I'm sure they paid a lot of money for the aerating and overseeding service. I guess it's a tough call.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Just keep on mowing. The seed is to be washed down into the holes, anyway. As a matter of fact, you will help close the holes up a bit faster. If they did it like most lawn companies, they probably only went over it once, so they didn't do enough for any real amount of seed germination to make any difference anyway. It's like peeing in a lake.
  8. avnorm

    avnorm LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Give the client information about their options/alternatives, risks and benefits & then ask the client what they want done in order to share the risk of a bad outcome which regardless of (real) cause may be blamed on you. That is what (satisfactory) customer service is all about....
  9. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 878

    Continue with your regular schedule. The seed that landed on top of the thatch will be bird food or the UV will get it. The seed in the holes will grow fine and by the time they get out of the holes the plants are ready to be mowed. Unless they verticut behind the seeding they just wasted alot of seed. Well not really wasted the birds love it and bugs. Anyway mow away.

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