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Aerate, To wet?

Gumby

LawnSite Member
I read somewhere that it can be too wet to aerate. The problem occurs when the coring tine goes into the ground to pull the plug out, it drags so much mud into the hole with it that it causes "glazing" which seals the inside surface of the hole and doesn't allow air to pass into the soil.
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
If it is too wet, the prop looks like someone rototilled it...nothing less than some complete muddy mess.
 

Gators_Aerator

LawnSite Member
Location
Columbus, Ohio
I find it to be more of a mess factor. Not only for the equipment, but also for the client.

It will leave clumps of mud that will not degrade as fast as the plugs.

You have to use caution in very wet conditions. Although wet conditions are good. To much will only cause more of a mess.
 

tiedeman

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
earth
yes, it is actually not a good idea to do it when it is wet.
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
Absolutely. When it is that soft, the plugs don't push out of the tines by the next downward push. What happens, is that when they get plugged up and the soil is that soft, the pipes just go down into the soil, push a hole in, but don't remove a plug. This actually adds to the compaction on the soil.
 

mtdman

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
A2, Michigan
Runner said:
Absolutely. When it is that soft, the plugs don't push out of the tines by the next downward push. What happens, is that when they get plugged up and the soil is that soft, the pipes just go down into the soil, push a hole in, but don't remove a plug. This actually adds to the compaction on the soil.
Good post. I agree.
 

turfcobob

LawnSite Senior Member
Too wet or too dry are not good for aeration. Not good for the lawn or the equipment. For all the reasons stated above. But I really like the glazing thing...Too wet it glazes the holes sides and air will not pass....Soil that is soaked with water will not pass air anyway...It is all full of water...
 
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