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Aeration Now

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by laxray, May 17, 2010.

  1. laxray

    laxray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    My personal yard has a large water oak and lots of shade. When you look at the soil it is often shiny and packed clay. Im thinking of aerating it to open up the soil some. Is there any reason not to do this now?

    Yes I have had the soil tested and treated appropriately the last 3 years. I have tons more grass than when I started but it still has these packed place.
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Post the most recent soil test results.
  3. ChiTownAmateur

    ChiTownAmateur LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    i do not think there is a downside to aerating now

    you should post a picture or two here so that the experts can see it...applying things to the surface and even aerating may not be enough in those spots, you may have to till them up a bit and incorporate some looser elements
  4. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Amature.... You dont have to seed things twice if you know what you are doing (other post) and you dont tell people to TILL under trees randomly.
  5. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    No problem aerating now.

    If you have large trees you should have mulch under them and not grass, it is a losing battle with the tree roots sucking every last bit of water out of the ground. A mulch ring the same diameter as the canopy is good, saves time mowing and looks better as well.
  6. laxray

    laxray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Problem is the tree canopy is the size of the yard

  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    You really should include tests for at least soil organic matter and CEC when you get your soil tested as this will play a big part in determining how best to manage your soil. Nothing really jumps out as being a big issue other than lay off the P ferts.
  8. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    looks like you need some calcitic lime.
  9. ChiTownAmateur

    ChiTownAmateur LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Your "leave it to the professionals" style is pretty poor dude.

    Can you guarantee 100% coverage on a newly seeded plot with one seeding? I didn't think so.

    Would your seeding be better than mine? Perhaps it would. But you don't offer any help or suggestions here.

    Style counts and if this is how you treat clients I would understand if you don't have many
  10. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,263

    Do you have an irrigation system? Aerating will dry out the soil to some degree so keep this in mind. I might not aerate this time of year unless you have irrigation or know you are getting some rain. After aerating I would topdress lightly with some rich topsoil and the St Aug will run to it.

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