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Aeration in the fall or just spring?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by flyingdutch16, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Hey guys,

    I've been wondering if your supposed to do aeration in the fall? or just spring? Or both? Im thinking off adding this to my service. Any input would be great!
    Btw how much do you charge for aeration and what does it include?

    Thanks guys!
  2. rywnygc

    rywnygc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    yes you can do aeration in the fall. Do it just after the temps drop below 80 steadily for the season. If you do fall aeration, make sure the lawn is irrigated. I would include an overseeding with the aeration. You should charge at least 3x the mowing cost.
  3. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    I've never heard this.

  4. rywnygc

    rywnygc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    From what I learned, it's because the lawn doesn't get as much rain as spring (in most areas) and because there is still a chance of heat spike, you want to make sure the roots have adequate moisture to prevent heat damage.

    Same with dethatching or power raking (same thing, different setting). When you do it in the spring, the lawn has more rain to help recuperate from the damage caused by raking.

    Either service, even though good for a lawn in the long term, temporarily damages healthy root systems and live grass plant.

    This is how I've been taught, it's worked so far for me.
  5. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Would you need to thatch in the fall to?
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I plug alot yards in the fall Oct-Nov
    never thatch in the fall
    I always thatch in the spring and then over seed
    Some ppl want plugging in the spring to
    Thats how I was taught LOL

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