Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by RABBITMAN11, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,942

    This may be off base, but I was wondering why folks in the upper Midwest & southern Midwest were aerating in August? Even September, cuz I just checked the NWS map regarding precip since June, and it ain't pretty. I can understand aerating lawns that are irrigated, but how 'bout the bulk of lawns which are not irrigated?

    We finally received 7/10 of an inch this week. That was the heaviest rain event since mid June. Hoping for more rain so we can "do the job right". imo

    1) Are some folks aerating just cuz it fits "their schedule"?
    2) Is it best to aerate when soils are moist?
    3) What length of aeration plugs are acceptable for you?
    4) Do you aerate lawns when air temps exceed 90 degrees?
  2. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,499

    funny how the weather changes,
    had an exceptionally dry and hot summer in my area
    90-100's and less than 1" rain in 2 months

    now this fall we have been deluged with rain,
    it has been good, aerating good, seeding all coming
    in nice etc..

    did about 50 aerates this fall, way down,
    usaually do about 100, but i have no help this year,
    so im only doing the accounts that had signed up prior

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Since you must know! 60% of our customers are irrigated lawns. Most of the lawns we started with where renovations....Slice seeding and aeration! Not to mention we use the best aeration equipment around.
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    i was going to start a thread about the things amercianlawn mentioned but i guess it is better here.

    the issue of lack of rain and guys still doing it!

    there are guys here aerating lawns all over, and i see nothing but 1/2in cores!! i mean, what kind of jackass does this? they may get paid, but when there is not a result from this in the end, the customer will call someone who does a good job so they lose in the end. idiots everywhere i tell ya
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,942

    RABBIT- nuthin' personal, but I checked the NOAA/NWS, etc, etc. Seems you're part of the Midwest has suffered the most (regarding drought conditions). Corn & soybean yeilds are also lowest in your area - and the highest is in my area (Iowa/southern Minnesota).

    Then you say 60% of your customers irrigate on a regular basis. I think that's a "stretch", cuz even here, many homeowners are too cheap to run their systems.

    We still have aeration jobs, just hoping we can do them soon (hoping for more precip)

    A T-Guy to a Z-Guy >> wishing you all the best. :waving:

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Okay you know better than I do! I know your familiar with our customers, and how our customers irrigate their properties. My mistake!
  7. fireman gus

    fireman gus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    As mentioned earlier we ot our aerating done in a timely manner. However we looked for more with little luck. How do you promote this service with your clients? We have very few who take advantage of this service.
  8. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    Z-Plugger has no problem aerating in dry soil, In fact I think it does better in dry soil then moist. This thing works great.:clapping:

    my 2 cents.
  9. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    Well we pull deep plugs on non irrigated lawns, I pull small plugs on irrigated lawns, up here we have rocky soil and run into irrigation lines sometimes only down an inch. I don't want to swiss cheese a system, most of my lawns are irrigated but they look great.
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  10. ZMAX

    ZMAX LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    It's just like spring around here. standing water all over the place. lawns are all mud. I can't wait til it freezes

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