Aeration Advice!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by SOONERS222, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. SOONERS222

    SOONERS222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Greetings gentlemen!!!!! I am new to the site... It is a pleasure to finally be a member! I have been mowing for 5 years now and have recently purchased some aerating equipment... Does anyone know how I can get my hands on a liability release form sample??? Also, any experts out there have any advice for me before I get started? Thanks in advance.
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Advice? work hard, be honest and pay your bills on time. don't forget to spoil your wife and kids

    good luck with the new venture, I hope you bought a quality machine because the cheap ones will beat you to death in a couple of days
  3. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    get waivers on invisible dog fence and irrigation or walk away. Both will cost you more than you make.

    You may want to contact the PLANET (Professional Land Care Network) organization in Atlanta. They have lots of information for their members.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If there is a question about trust with a client -I move on.
    When I flag the irrigation heads I make sure that I do not hit one. A wider berth for Invisible Fence or underground cable lines.
    If I was a client and someone ask me to sign a piece of paper that releases them from responsibility for stupidly damaging my property - I would move on.

    The most important thing about aerating is to know if it is necessary or not.
  5. SOONERS222

    SOONERS222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Thanks for the info... I will be sure to check out PLANET. Also, How do you know when to aerate???? Also, what techniques do you guys use to know when to aerate?? Do you use the screwdriver test??? Thanks again!!!
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    What's the 'screwdriver test'?
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    A poor mans penetrometer.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    You mean to see how easily it jabs into the ground?

    So here they talk about aeration to relieve compaction more so than 'thatch' problem. Am I reading this correctly?
  9. SOONERS222

    SOONERS222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Yes that is what I read about the screwdriver test... Yeah, you are reading this correctly. Again, I am a rookie in regards to aerating... All advice from you experts would be great. I purchased a Ryan Lawnaire IV recently on ebay and will use it to aerate some neighbors yards as well as some family and friends(to make a little extra money of course). Once I get the hang of the equipment and the process, I will look to advertise and make some more $$$$$
  10. SOONERS222

    SOONERS222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Also, I noticed a guy aerating in my neighborhood yesterday (35 degrees in Columbus)... Is this ok??? I thought fall was ideal and spring was ok also.

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