to aerify or not to aerify

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by superintendent, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have had 3-4 inches of rain in the last week and it stopped tonight. My question is, I have several more yards to aerify should I let them dry up or go for it? I have some that are getting slit seeded afterwards but I will let those dry up a day or so after I aerify them before I do them.
     
  2. MySide

    MySide LawnSite Member
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    core aerification on a home lawn? is that really necessary? I can't see that there's enough traffic to create the compaction that we see on a golf course that requires core aerification. I can't justify it myself... just my two cents.
     
  3. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would wait until they dry up. Otherwise you will be leaving tire ruts in the lawn.

    I aerate 90% of all my customers lawns.
     
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,847

    Too wet??

    I wish.

    Here I am waiting for it to rain TO aerate. Hasn't rained here in a month. Bone dry rock hard MN clay.
     
  5. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is possible to get an aerator stuck in the mud... especially in our GA red clay

    Ask me how I know...
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    We can aerate right up until the ground freezes, but I don't want to do it early, if its too dry or too wet... aerating in soggy clay type soil causes the problem of puddling, which means turning the plugs into stoney/gravelly chunks and possible compacted edges around the holes... if the process doesn't promote positive steps towards better tilth, then you are better off waiting, for decent soil moisture...
     

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