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aeration help

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by greenerpastures, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. greenerpastures

    greenerpastures LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    It appears I am reluctantly going into the aeration business. I have been solely spray/fert/consult. Most of my clients are large acreage and sport fields. I find that those few clients who do have aeration equipment, simply do not use it or know how to. Or they may choose to run a crude spiker which does little, if any, to improve the situation. To get the job done right, I guess I am going to purchase an aerator.

    1) capacity capable of sport fields
    2) I do run z-sprays and am considering the z-aerator
    3) I do like the "function" of cam-driven models, but not sure if their function justifies their price and complexity.
    4) clay soils, hybrid bermuda

    Advice welcome.
  2. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,345

    For the situation you imply, athletic fields & large acreage, you should be thinking about a compact tractor before anything else. 20-25 hp should do what you need.
  3. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Really. Id go straight to a tractor with a commercial tow behind like a ryan.
  4. FINN

    FINN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 280

    I put my tractor with a 3 pt. hitch aerator anywhere I can fit it.
  5. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,345

    For the footage you are talking one round of aeration will more than pay for a nice 3 point unit. For the tractor, let me put it this way, in six seasons we did so well on tractor services we wer'e able to jump from a kubota B7500 to a kubota B3030 w/ factory cab,AC,CD, and all the bells & whistles. Integrating tractor service into our existing lawn care business is by far the best business decision i have ever made.
  6. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    In addition, many suggest aerating Bermuda sports fields once per month during the growing season.

    You could most likely use this equipment more than you think.
  7. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,460

    z plugger.....
  8. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,345

    When all the spreaders,sprayers and aerators are in winter hibernation the kubota is out snowblowing,plowing & loading snow, Don't buy a tractor without a cab!
  9. greenerpastures

    greenerpastures LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    good points on tractors, but we don't have the winter weather here in the south and not really looking for more sidelines ---- just a good quality aerator.

    3pt aerators:

    cam driven versus traditional? I am dealing with tight clay soils.

    Also with the known quality of the zspray, I have to consider a z plugger--plus it can be outfitted to spray/fert as well. It supposedly has 2 ac/hr capacity.
  10. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    A 3 point tow behind isnt driven. It rolls behind the unit but its heavy as hell, and generally offers a larger tine for larger plugs. You can also add weight if needed but Ive never had too, and if you have as much clay soil as you say then you should already have been hip to aerification.

    You cant aerate heavy clay soil too much, or too often.

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