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Aerating around trees?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bdoss123, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    How close do you guys get to trees when aerating? Obviously when there are large roots coming above the ground, they must be avoided. But what about areas where you have a small root here and there, do you avoid them completely?

    - BD
  2. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Hitting some roots is unavoidable. Try and miss the bigger ones if you can. Like with maples I will go out 6 / 8 feet to start. Just too hard on the machine and me to have it jumpiing around. Plus you will get wood stuck in the tines. If it is a pistion type machine you can break it on roots. Rolling machines handle them pretty well just may get plugged and jump all over. There really is not enough damage to the roots to hurt the tree much.

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