Procedure for Aerating

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  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey guys, I was wondering I really dont know how to aerate but I know what aerating is! Can you guys direct me to the correct method of aerating?

    .. When do you aerate? Warm weather with sun, cloudy periods?

    Step 1: Mow lawn

    Step 2: Use the aerator and aerate
    (Which then leaves plugs onto the ground, do you just leave the plugs on the ground or do you remove it?)

    Step 3: After aerating do you spread grass seed or fertlizer, if you do the latter which type of fertlizer do you use? 29-3-4?

    Step 4: water it in!

    Then you wait for results, if so how long?
     
  2. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
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    The corret procedure to areate is fill it with fuel pull that rope and engage the machine to move in a forward motion just dont forget to walk behind it hehehehaha. just pulling your chain. areateing a lawn can be done in the spring and fall just make sure the lawn is not wet or damp. I would suggest not picking up the plugs because they will brake down from mowing the lawn. The reason for doing what your asking is to relieve compaction and letting air water and nutrients go to the root zone. fertilizing can be done after areating but the best thing to do would be to do a soil test to find out what the lawn is lacking. Seeding would not be my choice after areating because well seed just wont germanate real well. now overseeding with a slit seeder is a practiced culture that works well.areating can be difficult with the wrong machine, but to do this correctly areate in a criss cross pattern and let mother nature take its course
     
  3. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Workaholic said it best. The one other thing I would like to add is (atleast around here in NC) aerating will have better effects if it is done in the Fall if you are going to overseed at the same time. I live on a golf course and they aerate both in the fall and the spring though.
     
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't forget to flag sprinkler heads.
     
  5. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Aeration is generally done in the Spring and in the Fall.

    #1 Yes I would mow the lawn first. This is most necessary when over-seeding. If Im aerating for a regular grass cutting customer, I cut the lawn generally low before I over-seed.

    #2 No do not rake up the cores. That actually defeats some of the purpose of aerating the lawn.

    #3 That depends on what the customer pays you to do. I have accounts that want aeration only. The majority of my accounts want seed and fert as well.

    #4 If you are seeding that yes it should be watered. I leave specific watering instructions with my customers after ever aeration and over-seeding.

    Results will vary with weather conditions, and depending on how often your customers chose to water.
     
  6. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for your answer guys!

    Step 1: Mow lawn

    Step 2: Use the aerator and aerate
    (Which then leaves plugs onto the ground, do you just leave the plugs on the ground or do you remove it?)

    Step 3: After aerating do you spread grass seed or fertilizer, if you do the latter which type of fertilizer do you use? 29-3-4?

    -- If they want aeration only;

    a) After aerating and the plugs are on the ground do I water it or do I just leave it on the ground to break down?

    b) Afer that's complete, how long do I wait until I mow the lawn again after aerating?
     
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    bah ... I've found my answers through the SEARCH METHOD..

    How much do you guys charge to aerate?

    I see $12 per 1000 sq feet.. is that what you guys charge?

    I have a 14,000 sq feet church, so I would charge $168?? that seem right?
     
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How much would you guys charge to do that?

    14,000 sq feet.

    Aerate
    Starter Fertlizer
    overseed

    Also, would you guys recommend doing this all in 1 day or separate the services?

    Day 1: aerate
    Day 2: starter, overseed?
     
  9. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I sometimes triple my mowing price. works out pretty good.
     
  10. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
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    As a general rule, I do what Chef does...triple mowing price as a starting place.
     

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