Aerate When Grass Is Dormant?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chris Wagner, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any pros or cons for aerating when grass is dormant?

    Temperatures expected to hit 50 for a few days... probably cool off again, but turf is still dormant.

    I won't be seeding or topdressing at this time.
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    It really would not be beneficial when it is dormant. There was just a thread on this subject a couple of days ago. There were several responses to that one that may help you more.
  3. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with Lombardi, I wouldnt waste my time. We only aerate in the Fall here in NC, so I dont know what they do up north. I dont really understand anybody aerating in the spring, if it was done in the fall. I also dont understand why so many guys on here are aerating and seeding in the spring, which should have been done in the fall. If you are putting down crab grass control and spraying early spring weeds, you can't do any seeding. I guess you can, but seed doesnt stand a chance. Thats my 2 cents
  4. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    This would be for a field... soccer, football, school recess, gym class. Lots of use and compaction. Picking up where we left off in the Fall... where, unfortunately is when football & soccer are.

    I know it's kind of backwards, but in years past I have aerated the rest of the campus. No weeds... crab or clover in the dense areas of turf to worry about.
  5. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    I agree that it is to early if the grass is still dormant. But just because fall is the best time to aerate doesn't mean it is stupid to aerate in the spring. Aerating both spring and fall is very healthy for your lawns. The only downfall is Pre-emergents. But who said you had to seed every time you aerate. As long as you can time your Aeration right before your Pre-Emergent app then there is nothing wrong with it. Plus if you don't have a weed problem it is possible to skip the pre-emergent app and just hit what weeds to emerge with your broadleaf apps.
  7. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    You are also correct soupy, aerating is good for the soil and no you dont always have to seed

    But skipping a Pre-M appication?? Dont you want to prevent weeds. If the lawn is weed free I would never skip a Pre-M app. Pre-m will keep new weeds from germinating. What about the neighbors yard, u know the one with all the weeds?
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have 1 client that wanted his yard aerated last spring, he said all the rain had compacted the soil over the winter and this way it would loosen the soil up and allow for more water to soak in. Well i dont know if it helped or hurt it but all the rain we had last year all my yards looked good including his.
  9. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used to work on a golf course and they aerate the greens like 4 or 5 times a year. Guess it doesnt matter when you do it or how often. It's not a bad thing.
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Speaking of aeration. I am in the process of lining up my spring aerations. I had one customer ask if I would rake all of the cores and haul away. Does anyone else get this?
    Just curious I tried to explain but ended up quoting higher and ended up getting the job hauling off all the cores.
    Oh well. Some people are just willing to waste there money.

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