Question on aerating

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by kirk1701, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Just got my first call back on an estimate.

    What is the normal size plugs that are pulled? I was under the impression 3" deep and this was for 1" deep plugs.
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    2-3 is normal here
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  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I thought it was deeper then just 1"

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    I still have one more guy coming tomorrow evening, providing he shows which seems to be common around here. The guy that just called with the estimate and 1" deep plugs said he was jsut here and uhhhhh, I'm home, no one was here?
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe he is just being honest, and his machine doesn't go real deep. If soil is a bit dry...penetration is poor. If not enough weight...pull behind drum-type...or not really wanting to go deep as in soil preparation for seeding mainly...penetration is not much.

    If you are doing it to permit seed germination, two passes at one inch deep is probably better.
     
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Doing it for both reasons Riggle, will be overseeding shortly after the areating and I want to losen the soil to insure better moisture absorption.

    I have these guys coming tomorrow evening before I make a decision.
    http://www.cutabovelawnbg.com/
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I personally wouldn't bother with 1" plugs... it seems more harm than good... what is considered to be the purpose of 1" plugs???

    never heard of such a thing...

    maybe it is warm-season grasses thing... :)
     
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks Smallaxe, I to thought something strange right away when the lady said 1" :confused:

    See what the place I posed above says this evening then go back to the phone book.
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe you'd be further ahead with just the Liquid Aerator type stuff...
    Why are you interested in aeration in the first place???

    your turf doesn't seem to be suffering from any major malady...
     
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    It's compacted bud, just looking to loosen the soil before I overseed this fall and hold more moisture
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good reason... unfortunately 1" plugs will do little to relieve compaction in the root zone where it's needed...
     

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