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Aerating and seeding

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HazellLawnCare, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    Ok with the extreme drought this year we will be have to over seed most of our yards. I usually core aerate then go behind and verticut seed in. Is this what you all usually do?
  2. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    I never use a verticut seeder.

    Seed first, then aerate. Or the other way around. No matter. It just what ever our timing is with the crew.
  3. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    I was thinking I would send the guy ahead of me aerating one one and me follow behind with the seed, then him come along an dgo the other way and hit it one more time with seed.
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647


    My procedure for this changes as there are hours in a day.

    The way I like to set it up is that the maintenace crew does the power raking or hand raking, what ever is necessary. Then I follow up with couple of the men with 2 aerators. I seed, they aerate. Top it off with peat moss.

    Now I will have the seed down by the time they have aerated all of it. Some will actualy be done after a strip or two is aerated. Makes no difference. Either the seed goes into the holes after the aerating or the watering moves seed into them.

    That does not mean that all the maintenance crew rakes out is seeded that day.

    If I have a project to do then the aerating may wait a week or two. All that matters to me is the seed is put down early enough to develope a root system by winter.

    I am going to start next week. And I don't have to do all in one week. We split into two weeks sometimes 3
  5. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I have found that it's best to aerate a day or two before verti-cutting.

    This allows the plugs to dry and then the verticutter chops them up and covers the seed nicely.

    A bit of a pin though wehn you are trying to schedule alrge amounts of seeding jobs. That's what i'm struggling with now.

    I'll be on each customers property no less than 3 times for each seeding.

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