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Aerate VS Slice Seed

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by weekendDIY, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. weekendDIY

    weekendDIY LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 43

    I have been great advice from everybody here but the one thing that I get that seems different is some tell me to slice seed and some tell me to aerate and seed. Does it really matter which I do? Is one better than the other? Do they both take about the same time to do?
  2. rbeitz

    rbeitz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    I plan to overseed my lawn next week. I too am confused as to the best method. Rent the slice seeder or aerate and then spread the seed? I also plan to spread fertilizer and lime. Any advice from you pros would be great.

  3. I-Hawk

    I-Hawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I'll pile on here as well.

    My sod is about 4 months old now (placed May 29th), and is doing well. I know the benefits of aerating, but would it be worth it on a lawn as new as mine? It has had minimal traffic on it, so compaction shouldn't be a big issue at this time. Other than helping with seed and fertilization, would aerating now be a waste of time and would it do more harm than good?

  4. jsmonroeCT

    jsmonroeCT LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 82

    I just aerated my lawn and spead about 75 pounds of perenial rye with a rotary spreader (didnt have a lot of time coming up on the next couple of weekends to reant a power seeder). However, if I could do it again, I would aerate, which helps reduce compaction, and then seed with a powerseeder. If you have the chance, rent one - your will have better soil to seed contact.

    After you seed, water, water and water.

    Good luck.

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