Aerator Plugs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AzLawnMan, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    Do you guys pick up the plugs after you aerate? On smaller jobs I have the crew pick them up, but we just got a contract to aerate 43 acres and I am curious since the job is so big should I pick up the plugs or not and how it would look on a job that big. Thanks fellas.
  2. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    No way. Leave em unless your asked to clean them up on small jobs then charge extra. I never have in 20 years, they dissapear after a few mows anyway.
  3. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    Awsome thanks!
  4. Golfpro21

    Golfpro21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    those plugs are top soil.....why the heck would you pick them up...unless your looking to sell a top dressing job
  5. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    Pick them up and put them back in the holes on the other side of the yard......Evens out the soil content.......:dizzy:
  6. fourbybud

    fourbybud LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 196

    I flip mine over every other day so they dry out evenly...:laugh::laugh:
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    The only people that should pick up cores are golf courses in certain areas for obvious reasone. The cores themselves break down and the microbial action actually accellerates the thatch breakdown. Use that for the customer who wants you to work for no reason.
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    when i read that i was like, wow, why the hell would you pick them up>?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    golf courses only
  9. Ronlawn

    Ronlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Some web site I was reading this week did actually suggest picking up the plugs. Something about if you are top dressing with good organic material and the original soil is so bad you ought to remove the plugs.... However, for all the reasons given above, its probably good to leave them and crazy to consider trying to remove them, except they sort of look like dog deposits for a while.
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    If you are mowing the place too, do it before you mow. You'll never really see them. I did my lawn a few weeks ago and the plugs are about gone. I use a Blue Bird 36in pull behind.

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