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Which step first?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 32vld, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    I have aerated then seeded. Customer wants some compost thrown down.

    So I think aerate first, then compost so some of the compost falls into the aerate holes thus mixing into the soil better then seed.

    Or is it better to aerate, seed, then throw down some compost?
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,004

    If your lightly composting then put the seed first. Its a little hot right now?
  3. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,097

    Seed then compost as larry said but id wait till the fall
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,225

    Nobody really knows. Do half one way and the other half-the second way. Let us know what happens.
    And its a poor time to seed unless it is an irrigated site. And if crabgrass pre-emergent control was used, that would prevent the seed from germinating.
    In a new lawn situation you would probably get crabgrass and thousands of summer weeds.
    I suggest seed in the fall about mid-August--or when the daily high temps fall below 83. The soil temperature is high so the seed sprouts quick. Non-irrigated--wait till temps come down to about 78.

    Or perhaps it is best to seed first, then aerate (some some of the soil cores fall on top of the seed), and THEN add compost. In any case the most important component is water. Quality seed is important too.

    Naturally warm weather grasses--seed in summer when temps are above 85.

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