Aeration/Over Seed which method is best?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by HydroRI, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. HydroRI

    HydroRI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    Thinking ahead to Fall and wondering which method would give me the best results. I am using the Plugr PL 800 for Aeration. I am not sure yet if I will have to go in two directions because the tines are 2.25" apart. This is my first year using this machine.

    Some guys say drop your seed first then aerate over it, then fertilize. Others say aerate first wait a week for plugs to break down then throw down seed. Or how about aerate, seed, fertilize?

    I am looking for some feedback on the best way to do this 3 step process. I do not own a slit seeder or want to rent one so that is not an option. I spent over $3,000 on this aerator and I want to get the most out of it.

    Which aeration/over seed method works best for you guys? Anyone used the PL800?
  2. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    Cut the grass shorter than normal. The shorter the better. Dethatch if needed. Aerate, seed, starter fert. and lime if needed one right after the other. Keep moist for two weeks and it will germinate.
  3. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also, with tines that close together one pass should be sufficient unless you have really hard ground.
  4. HydroRI

    HydroRI LawnSite Member
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    Has anyone ever used a drag mat after aerating, but before or after dropping seed? Will this improve seed to soil contact?

    GREENITUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Hydro, Put your seed down first, aerate, and then put your starter fert down. This way your seed gets better contact with the soil and any slow release coating on your prills won't get damaged by the spoons. You will have plenty of plugs from the 800 in one pass. Good luck.
  6. HydroRI

    HydroRI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    I am hearing seed first then aerate, and some say always aerate first then seed.

    What are the pros and cons? Will the seed get damaged if you aerate over it??
  7. TOMMY1115

    TOMMY1115 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Seed won't get damaged. I've always aerated and then seeded and had good success.

    After "PROPER" watering, the seed will work it's way down to the soil anyway, assuming you have a thin thatch layer.
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    See I'm the opposite,I throw down my starter fert 1st then ,aerate ,seed ,cover with topper or whatever you use and then water it in good
  9. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,419

    Cross aerate, then seed. The more seed to soil contact, the better results you will attain.
  10. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
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    With the pl800 you will not have to cross aerate. It pulls more plugs than you could ever imagine.

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