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Aeration Question.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by hobbsd, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Messages: 448

    I have had a lot of of people give me different answers as to how many times A lawn should be aerated with a core aerator. Some say every month, some say once a year. Can some one set me straight on this issue.

    Also Ive had the same problem with dethatching, what really is the best amount of dethatching on a lawn!

    Thank You

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    I have issues with aerating, so I wont touch that one. Thatching depends on the site. Stay off slopes and shady areas until you have to. Flat open areas every two years depending on weather, insect, and disease, etc. Remember, some thatch is a good thing. It prevents erosion and run off, as well as moisture retention.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    It depends on the amount of traffic. A recreation field like soccer or football can be done once a month during use. A normal residential property needs it only once or twice a year.
  4. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    If you have a thick thatch layer or heavy compaction, twice a year would be good (once in spring and once in fall). I go over the lawn twice with the aerifier. A single pass with a lawn aerator only pokes holes in about 5% or less of the lawn.
  5. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Spring and Fall should be just fine. Sometimes just once wil do the trick!!:waving:
  6. gslawncare

    gslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    aetating is really the only thing you need to do. 2 times. april and september. A Dethatching shoud be done as a last resort, when the lawn is really F'd up. If you do it at the wrong temperature, you'll stress it out and brown out. Thatch happens when too much nitrogen is used. Lay off the dope.

    Of course if someone is willing to pay for it, just keep the temps, in mind and upsell the overseed.
  7. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    I only do one for residential in the fall, typically that is all the lawns I service need.
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Properties that do not have a lot traffic and prone to compaction, twice a year works very good.To get the full benefits of aeration, turf needs on going aeration at least once a year, on non-high impact lawns.And as Rodfather said, turf subject to compaction,once or twice a month, moisture conditions permitting.

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