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

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    I like to aerate Sept and beyond, and only when we have gotten some decent rainfall prior to pulling plugs. Pulling 1/2 inch 'aspirin tablets' is not acceptable to me. If I don't see at least 1.5 in plugs tis not worth it.
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    RABBITMAN11 - I realize the LS ride-on still pulls nice plugs in dry soil, but the LS walk-behind does not. IMO

    Service 1st - I hear the Z-Plugger also does a nice job even if soils are somewhat dry. A close friend of mine runs one for a friendly competitor, but their walk-behinds are not as good (they use conventional Ryan & TURFCO walk-behinds).

    We tried aerating just after the 7/10 inch rain last week......

    XT5 pulled about 1 1/2 inch plugs
    Ryan pull-behinds pulled about 1 1/2 inch plugs
    Ryan walk-behinds pulled about 1 inch plugs
    Lawn Solution walk-behind pulled about 1 inch plugs.

    I know we could go out & finish our aerations right now, but we're taking a chance that we'll receive another 1/2 or more rain within the next 4 weeks.

    Longest plugs we ever pulled were in late November/early December. I'm talkin' 2 1/2 - 3 inch plugs....awesome. I remember one year when we sent out 3 aeration crews on Thanksgiving Day. Those 60 or so customers truly got their money's worth.
  3. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,381

    Love aerating! Was pulling pretty descent plugs even when it was dry here. Just had to make sure that front drum was full of water. In fact, most lawns I aerated when it was dry look pretty dang good after our rain we had last week even though it's late in the season. They seemed to soak up the water pretty well even after some only pulled 1" plugs.

    I got 5 new aerations this year from people who rented an aerator and did their own lawn and said they about died from using it because it wore them out so much, one even called it "the devil machine." Even some lawn guys I see out there struggle with the old single drum style aerator like I have. I don't understand how people get so beat up from using one, let the machine do the work! That spinning front drum is your friend, use it! I'm not even close to being in shape, and I'm overweight, and I'm not that much more worn out after aerating 15 lawns in a day.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    No problem pulling plugs here in fact we have to wait for the lawns dry out.

    Getting max depth except in the rocky lawns.

    I Know a guy that plugged a yard in august and lost a good job those plug wern't very deep.

    We always wait for rain but not this year it's been here most of the summer.

    Charles Cue
  5. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    are yall just aerifing yards and seeding or doing other things also. Like to know what all yall do when you overseed yards. What machine do you use. Do any of yall use a tractor with a aerifier on the back of it? That is what I use and was able to do all but 2 yards.
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    nothing gonna poke holes in concrete like here, it is beyond dry, it is dried up!
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    we use a tractor where we can, does great with about 700lbs on the tines. yesterday where used it plugged 3in cores(was heavily watered too)

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