Aerating and Overseeding, it's a little too late?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by big_country, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. big_country

    big_country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    Heres the problem, I had a customer call me today, half way through November, and wants his yard aerated and over seeded. I believe it's a little late, I finished my over seeding jobs up in the first of October. Plus with all this rain we've had it will be right before or after Thanksgiving before I could get to it. The question is should I recommend to them to do in say early in the spring, say would around the first of March be a good time? Or should I tell them they need to wait until next fall? If it was done in the early spring would the results be pretty good, I'm in western Kentucky, if that helps with the climate idea. Thanks Justin

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    At this time of year it will probably be a dormant seeding. This question will probably start an argument thread all by itself. But, I would explain the pros and cons of waiting and doing it now and then ask the customer which they would prefer. If they want to spend the cash now, don't argue.
  3. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    I would really be careful with a dormant seeding anymore and especially the zone you are in. Dormant seeding will work if the cold comes and stays so the seed can be (Dormant) all winter. Your zone is too prone to warm-ups during winter. Your best bet is to wait for spring and do a seeding with a good weed prevention STARTER FERTILIZER. Make sure it is for new plantings or you could kill the whole seeding. But if you use a good starter Fert with weed control you can get a good spring seeding with little weed problems.
  4. salandscape

    salandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Problem with aerating now, at least in NE is that the grass is dormant so the roots won't move into the loosen earth and it is a waste of time. Not sure when spring starts there but you need a ground temp of 60 to get germination, do you go through freeze thaws in march if so the seed will die, what till warms up a little, they will apprecaite the honesty, instead of being unhappy with the results!
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Tell him to wait until next year.
  6. big_country

    big_country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    Thanks for the replies, it reinforces my decision to hold off until the spring. You're right, it is liable to warm up in to the 60's anytime in December or January here. I believe I'll wait until the weather clears up and starts to warm up sometime in March. I would say it's probably over two acres with out measuring it yet, so it would be a decent little job. I would hate for them to spend the money now and poor results show, plus ruin any other opportunity for me to do other services with them.
  7. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I wouldn't overseed this late but I would go ahead and aerate the lawn. Unless you aerate extemely early in the spring, you gonna fill the lawn with weeds. I dont think you would have a problem aerating now. I have been doing aerationjobs over the past few weeks and the biggest problem has been the wet lawns.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yep,...what Rod and the other guys said...wait. Turfcobob gave the best explanation why.

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