Aerate and then slit seed or slit seed the aerate

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by TriageLawn, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. TriageLawn

    TriageLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I know we have different methods of doing things but i am just curious as to how you guys prepare to seed an existing lawn. Here are the components...

    Bare Spots
    thin Grass
    no pets

    How would you treat this lawn? Besides the obvious of collecting soil samples and cutting the grass low before aerating or slit seeding. How woud you prepare the lawn? Would you?

    Slit seed first, broadcast seed, aerate, broadcast seed again
    Aerate, broadcast see, slit seed, broadcast seed

    What is your method and why? I did Aerate, broadcast seed, slit seed and broadcast again. I had incredible results and the yard was beautiful. I have to also thank the customers because they stayed on a strict water schedule and the yard was great. The extra rain we got that year also helped.

    How would you guys do it?
  2. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    de thatch, aerate, slit seed
  3. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Messages: 164

    Bermuda very warm (moist) soil for seeds to germinate. Still too early in GA. I would wait until late May or early June.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I dethatch if necessary, aerate and then slit seed. I don't broadcast at all unless I'm just aerating and then overseeding.

    I don't understand why you'd slit seed and then broadcast. When I slit seed I put the seed in the seeder hopper so there is no need to broadcast.:confused:
  5. TriageLawn

    TriageLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I guess that was my rookie mistake but it worked wonders
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  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Aeration is not for seedbed preparation...
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I've done it before. Nothing wrong with overseeding after aeration. It helps. And I have used an aerator to loosen a totally bare area it up and then give it a quick hand rake before broadcasting. But yes, usually it's more of a maintenance thing than for renovation.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    In your 'bare areas'...

    How did the seed come up? Lush, thick and full?


    Like hair on a plastic doll head?...

    Seedbed Preparation is uniformly loosened loamy soil that allows root penetration of every germinating seed that opens up in a moisture retaining environment... :)
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    It came up really well...not the baby doll hair look. I'm talking dry bare soil. Ran it over several times with a 48 inch tow behind aerator so it was bascially like it was shallow tilled and then just gave it a quick rake out. I'll be glad to take some pictures of it for you if you want. :p

    Lets face it, different things work in different situations. You have to be able to recognize what works and what doesn't and not be afraid to experiment a little.
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Are you talking about a 'plugger' aerator or the thing that you pull around and it pokes holes in the ground??

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