Aerate or Seed first?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bryn, Sep 18, 2004.

  1. Bryn

    Bryn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    For years I always aerated then seeded, but today I tried it the other way around, don't ask me why, I just did. It seemed that I got better soil contact. Any thoughts on which would be better, or has anyone seen any studies?


  2. Stripper

    Stripper LawnSite Member
    from Ky.
    Messages: 19

    I'm considering doing that same process this week. It would be interesting to hear from others what the results were compared to the "conventional" way. I run over my lawn at least twice with the aerator. I don't know if this will cause an unforeseen problem if the seed has been broadcasted? If anyone has insight on this matter, please advise.
  3. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I aerate, apply 1/2 seed, aerate again, and apply other 1/2 of seed. In large bare areas, I will take a leaf rake to it for better soil/seed contact.
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I lay 1/2 seed, aerate and broadcast the other 1/2 seed.

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