Aerate?

ej Landscaping

LawnSite Member
Location
Salt Lake City
Can somebody walk me through the process of Aerating. Obviously you don't pick up the cores, but when would you use a power rake? Do you do both on the same property? I have gone through the process on a golf course but not on a residential property.
 

jeff_0

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
md
aerate now and detatch at the end of the summer if needed...
 

mtdman

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
A2, Michigan
Aeration will help to control the thatch. I've gotten away from dethatching now that I have my aerator because it's easier and probably better for the lawn. Breaking up thatch with the core aerator is better for the lawn too, because as the thatch breaks down the organic matter will go back into the lawn and feed the grass. Dethatching/powerraking is a pain in the but, especially picking up the grass/thatch after you're done. Dethatching before aerating is kinda redundant, in my opinion. I wouldn't do both at the same time, unless the yard is in really bad shape.

I'm thinking about turning my dethatcher into a slit seeder.
 

hole in one lco

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
rocky river ohio
Watch out for sprinkler heads, water caps, and gas caps. Hit a metal gas cap with the aerator and you will find out.:D :D

My buddy was aerating 5 years ago and took out 28 heads on one lawn at 25.00 a head his boss was pissed.:D :D
 

mtdman

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
A2, Michigan
Originally posted by hole in one lco
Watch out for sprinkler heads, water caps, and gas caps. Hit a metal gas cap with the aerator and you will find out.:D :D

My buddy was aerating 5 years ago and took out 28 heads on one lawn at 25.00 a head his boss was pissed.:D :D
Yeah, good advice. I try to have all that flagged before I start the aeration.
 

Outback Designz

LawnSite Member
Location
Lexington, Ky
Yes, have the heads marked. In this area I also call "before you dig" it is a service offered by companies and is free to consumers. They come out and mark underground power and phone lines.
 

P&C Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Yukon Oklahoma
Definitately flag those sprinkler heads. Aeration takes care of compated soil, dethathing (power raking) takes care of, obviously, thatch. I would dethatch in the spring and you can aerate any time of year.
 

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