Aerating plus seeding now?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by flyingdutch16, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 465


    I got a call today for aerating and over seeding, can i do that within the next few weeks? Its still fairly cold here temps range from 25-45 degrees? or should i wait till like march?
  2. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 549

    I got an email from a customer two weeks ago about the same question and I told them we will wait until mid-March when temps are 45-55 and I usually start mowing at the end of March. Plus for me, I don't want to rent a machine for only one or two jobs.

  3. richardcog

    richardcog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    You better wait unless you want to buy some sod
  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Good call. Wait till the night time temps get above 50
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,675

    I am trying to find out by seeding in every month of the year. Stay tuned.
    The usual rule is to wait until the existing grass has greened up. About a week or two before your first mowing. Perennial rye will arise fast--particularly the types that have a large seed size, ( a lower seeds-per-pound number)...such as Blazer IV. A favorite among hydroseeders. Mix with top-quality bluegrass.

    Naturally the rules are a lot different in the southern states--need local advice for that climate.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Southern states may not even have enough 'heaving of the soil' to plant the seeds in Springtime...

    And as far as "... seeding every month of the year..." , our biggest problem with growing grass is the,,, Pre-M... it doesn't allow seeding hardly any month of the year...

    I believe the next step for growing great lawns,,, would be cooperation between the growers and the killers... aerating brings unkilled CG seed to the surface where it is able to grow... if we can do w/out aeration long enough to thicken the lawn, perhaps the Pre-M, isn't necessary every year...

    Otherwise, split apps cut out more grass growing than we are willing to admit... just a thot... :)

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