Aeration w/Seed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by menchhofer, Apr 5, 2003.

  1. menchhofer

    menchhofer LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 33

    Just wanted to get a few views on aerating and spreading seed on an established lawn. I have used slice seeder before but did not notice positive results. Now I have been told to aerate and then apply seed over entire yard. Is this the best way to fill in an established lawn?

  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    We've been doing core aerating and overseeding for the past 9 years or so and get excellent results. Time of the year is important too depending on where you live.
  3. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    if you didn't see it, they didn't water it...................
  4. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Seeding success depends on seed/soil contact in planting process, then on proper irrigation. Same with overseeding.

    If you just go cast seed out over an existing lawn, you will get about a 15% germination rate. If you slit seed as an overseeding, you expect around 65% germination, because of the better seed/soil contact. Aeration AND slitseeding will give an even better success rate on germination. Just aeration and overseeding will give less than slitseeding.

    All that is moot if irrigation is not properly managed.
  5. sgallaher

    sgallaher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    How much do you guys usually charge for aeration and overseeding per 1,000 sq ft? I am going to a clients house Monday to do an estimate. I was thinking around $32.00/1,000 sq ft. It will cost me $55/day to rent the machine. The yard is about 15,000 sq ft. Plus I was thinking of selling him a seed starter fert to help the new seeds. Thanks
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    for best results aerate and then apply a thin layer of topdressing on the lawn.

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