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Aerate in Spring or Fall or ??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreaterMilwLawnscape, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. GreaterMilwLawnscape

    GreaterMilwLawnscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Hey can you help me out a little and tell me why and when it is the best to aerate?? THANKS:dizzy:
  2. Both would be ideal but hard to get them to pay for that.

    Fall is better if you are going to seed.

    There is a lot of info on this one, research it.

    There is also alot of mixed feeelings on which is better.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Main rule of thumb, when the grass is actively growing. Cool season grasses normally spring and fall. Warm season grasses during the summer months.
  4. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    hey guys, i got a good question while we are on this topic. due to the hot summer we have had, and such a dry summer, would aerating in september or around there be worth it? obviously wont be doing any seeding do to the drought, but can we stress JUST aerating to customers even though the lawns are dorment? do you guys see what im trying to say, im having trouble describing it.
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    If you don't start getting rain and there is a water restriction you probably shouldn't aerate. The stress could damage things more. My opinion anyway.
  6. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    aerate in the early fall

    dethatch in the early spring
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    yes aeration will stress the already drought stressed turf...but...it will also give it what it needs at the roots...access to air and mositure. Like said above, there are different points of view on this. If we can get a 'little' rain and get out of the 90's with cool nights, I plan on doing it. I'm going to first do my own and relatives properties first to see if/how they recover.
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    I Do It Like Phishook Said.
    They Say Aeration In Fall Is Best theres No weed seeds To Deal with Or Less weed seeds.

    And early Dethaching In early Spring Theres No green grass To hurt.
  9. Fall 1st choice-spring 2nd
    Still more people thinking about lawn in the spring so more gets done then
    Some do 2X
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Depends on many factors but compaction and soil type is a pretty good one. Up here around Green Bay we have terribly hard clay and it most lawns really need aeration in the spring and the fall. But there are some properties that I have that have good topsoil and in those cases aeration is performed only once if indicated.

    Now toward the middle of the state there is a lot of sandy soil and it does not compact anywhere near what I have.

    So the answer to your question is that it depends. I do both times. You can seed in the spring or the fall but you have to keep in mind the chemical applications that have to be done during these times. I have had equal success seeding in the spring and in the fall around here. Good Luck.

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