Thatching...Aerating...seeding

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by KB Klippers, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. KB Klippers

    KB Klippers LawnSite Member
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    I want to offer thatching, aeration, and seeding for the fall/spring etc. I live in western KY. I was going to start this fall. I am curious about the best way to take a crab grass/broadleaf weed infested chitfercrapola excuse for a lawn and turn it into green extacy. I have an array of equipment. I don't have a power seeder, and have never used one. When I was 14, I took a garden rake and thatched this guy's yard, sewed some seed, and fertilized the crap out of it. The yard exploded into green bliss. Now I want to know the right way to do it. Thanks everyone!

    KB Klippers

    "I can Stripe it...I can cut it...I can leave clumps of grass...I can bag it... I can much it...according to what you want to pay....every week...two weeks...taller grass...mo muneee...":cool2:
     
  2. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    Renovate in fall-- Crab will die off- Grass will grow
    Pre em in spring to keep crab from coming back
     
  3. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Posts: 554

    what excately is a overseeder I have never seen one??
     
  4. KB Klippers

    KB Klippers LawnSite Member
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    A power seeder aeriates and seeds the ground mechanically. All you do is load the thing and put gas in it. They rent for 120/day...they must be pretty handy.
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would recommend you continue to research the subject, the money is good and knowledge helps.

    So as to immediately relieve a bit of the confusion, the term 'overseeding' refers to putting down seed OVER existing lawn, as opposed to a fresh or new lawn seeding. Perhaps a spreader would be the closest thing I can think of to an overseeder.

    It has been my experience there exist two schools concerning lawn renovation: one involves dethatching and the other involves aeration but you are either a dethatcher or you're an aerator. It is possible you decide on doing both but I can assure you as a member of the school of aeration that I don't dethatch squat because it goes against the very concept of recycling, and aeration is a recycling process whereas dethatching is not. My dad is a dethatcher, he dethatches once a year and he does like the lawn to be aerated but only for the purpose of the seed to take hold, whereas I like to aerate at least once but twice / year don't hurt my feelings (and regardless of seed), so as to more fully promote and engage the recycling process, and I never dethatched a lawn in my life lol.

    It gets a bit confusing as you will see folks using recycling mowers yet dethatching the lawn in the fall, again it is a matter of which process you ultimately believe in - Dethatchers feel thatch must be removed about once a year so the process can begin anew, while Aerators feel the thatch must be churned so it can decompose properly, roughly speaking.

    Good luck.
     
  6. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
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    the overseeders i have used are pretty much dethatchers that use the vibration to spill out seed at whatever the dial is set at. they pull up about half the thatch as a dethatcher would. i think it was called a "slit-seeder" they work great.
     
  7. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    So far, Ive dethatched two lawns this year and one will be aerated/overseeded and one will be powerseeded next weekend. Both lawns were full of thatch and just do much for simply aerating. I cant wait to see how they come on this year and next spring with the dethatch and aerate/powerseed combo. I think that if you keep up on aerating, dont let the lawn get too tall before cutting, keep your blades sharp, etc. that you probably shouldnt have to dethatch for a long time though. But some yards do get filled with too much thatch and aeration alone somtimes wont cut it.
     

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