Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by GabesLawnCare, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. GabesLawnCare

    GabesLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    whats the deal with lawn aeration. I done it before on my own lawn, but I don't understand what it's supposed to do and what times of year it should be done. Also how much do you charge for this service
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    no offense, but have you ever even tried to look it up before joining a professional lco forum. really!!!! i am sorry, but that just dont seem right.

    anyways, it is good to do in spring and fall, summer is usually bad due to drought or warm temps will dry out the open ground faster and do more harm then good.

    it helps the ground physically breathe better which in turn makes for better roots due to easier water and air movement in the soil. cant go wrong with it. make sure to get as deep as you can in very moist soil, but not saturated in avoidable due to causing more damage to the turf than needed.

    also a great time to fert, topdress and overseed with this to invigorate a lawn
  3. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    couldnt of said it better myself!! i charge double the mowing price. and if i dont cut the yard, i figure out the mowing price and double it. i think its easier that way.
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    we get a decent more than that and still come in cheaper than almost all in our area. i think if you dont have high mowing prices, then raise your aeration
  5. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    grassman summed it up. Only thing I would add is it also helps alleviate compaction.
  6. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,178

    So now we have aeration police, it's the guys first post for heavens sake, how about if you don't want to deal with it him ignore him . BTW study's have shown that aeration can actually increase soil compaction. What do you think happens at the sides and bottom of those tines?
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    That is true of spike aerators, but I believe pluggers do alleviate compaction. Right now our soils are getting the best compaction relief available. :)
  8. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    I haven't used one yet, but the aeravator seems to really break up the soil....anyone else have experience with this machine?
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I tried to find an aeravater as a rental last year but couldn't find one. It looks like they only make tractor models so wouldn't fit well in many of my properties.
    I did like the way it worked the soil in the video though.
  10. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,035

    how do you get your customers to let you aerate the yard?

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