tow behind aerators

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NateinAtl, Feb 4, 2001.

  1. NateinAtl

    NateinAtl LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 121

    I'm getting ready for the big spring push. One question I have is about tow behind aerators. We do a lot of spring aerations down here and just was wondering what the smallest size lots are that you guys use your tow behinds on? I did about 100 warm season turf aerations and about 75 cool season turf aerations last year with very little advertising. I plan to advertise heavily and double those numbers.(Aerations are much more profitable than mowing).The average size lawn around here is about 5000 sq. ft. I certainly don't want to invest in a tow behind if I'm only gonna use it on a handful of lawns. So what do you guys think? I look forward to reading your responses.
     
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    When ever I aerate, I explain to the customer that I can't get in every corner and can't get flush to the house or driveway. This will set the stage for your work. If I can't use my tow behind, I don't do the job.
     
  3. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    Are your aerating dormant warm season grass or cool season?
     
  4. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Posts: 1,456

    If your average yard is on 5K, I would focus your search on walk behind aerators. A pull behind would be more trouble than it's worth on sub 10k properties.

    One thing about aerating. A property you have been on all year suddenly develops hills, slopes and obstacles that were never there before you decided to aerate.

    Mike
     
  5. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    Mike,

    "One thing about aerating. A property you have been on all year suddenly develops hills, slopes and obstacles that were never there before you decided to aerate. "

    Are you saying that it creates these hills and slopes ? Or you don't notice them until you have to bully an aerator around them ?

    jeffyr
     
  6. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Posts: 1,456

    The handling of the aerator, where did all my level not obstructive ground go

    LOL
     
  7. NateinAtl

    NateinAtl LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 121

    Thanks for the info, guys. gary, in April-June I will be aerating warm season turf. September and October I aerate tall fescue
     

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