Too Late to Aeroate and Overseed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by AJ Lawnscapes, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is it too Late to Aerate and Overseed?

    The frosts are now coming in the morning, and I have a customer that wants to have it done.

    I'm worried that the seeds will just be wasted if I put them down now.

    I've not done an A&O yet, and Scotts/Tru-Green are finishing up the ones they have an not taking any more. They also are charging about $1500/acre. Since I've never had one done, nor ever bid one, would $1200 as and LCO be good to charge?

    What do you all think?

    Thanks!

    ==Abe
     
  2. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
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    If you just let them know that, then go ahead and do it.

    Price should be based on what you have for equipment. What are you using?
     
  3. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was planning to rent the 36" Aerator and the 36" slit seeder, and about 200lbs of seed (4lbs/1000sqft - 43K/ft/1acre)

    I figure it'll take about 5-6hours to do it all.

    Could I do this in early spring instead?
     
  4. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 533

    i am still aerating in my area, but i feel that is it getting pretty late to overseed. I am however fininshing one job up but am covering it with matting until spring comes.
    $1,200 depends on the size of property and how long it would take you. Figure out your hourly rate and , cost of seed, rental, etc and maybe double that and see if it feels like enough for you. Hope that helps.
     
  5. advantage landscaping

    advantage landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Yea you could. Have her sign a contract for the spring so you know you have the job.

    You can save some money and just broadcast the seed. It is supposed to go in the holes and kind of reseed there as well as in the plugs. The slit seeder is good but does not need aeration first. Separate services I would suggest.

    Are you renting a tow-behind or a walk-behind? Do you know what you are doing and how to use it?
     
  6. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Wait a couple more weeks then dormant seed.
     
  7. Tiger Blue

    Tiger Blue LawnSite Member
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    I would be interested in the details on dormant seed mentioned in the last post
     
  8. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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  9. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
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    still has a couple to do here and we've had a few frost last week, kinda early for us
     
  10. EJD Lawnpride

    EJD Lawnpride LawnSite Senior Member
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    We just did two of them yesterday. We aerated w/ 26" wb, and 48" tow behind. No slit seeding, really isn't necessary if already good stand of grass.
     

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