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aeration in the rain?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bligh61, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. bligh61

    bligh61 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Is it tough to core aerate when it is raining or the ground is wet? Using a ryan core aerator.
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,629

    Yes , you will typical do more damage then good. We never aerate in April because of that.
  3. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Aeration in very wet conditions can do more harm than good. You tend to pack the soil around the hole rather than fracture it. The cores get compacted into bricks and usually the soil is so soft you just push the soil down causing compaction rather than pulling a core. Lastly your foot prints and wheels will tend to compact the soil. Plus if you are in clay soil you will gain about 20 pounds of mud on your boots.
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    wait until you have had several dry day's in row before aerating.

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