Aerator ? what do you do with the plugs

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BryPaulD, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I agree. Someone once asked about the advantages of a single vs. double sided hedge trimmer. Daaaaaaaaaaaaa one cuts one way, the other cuts both. Talk about a dumb question.
  2. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 218

    I guess you guys never worked at a golf course, they sure as heck don't leave the cores down there.

    Did you ever think of using a solid tine aerator so it will leave no cores?

    I wonder what would happen with solid tines that were vibrated when running over a lawn?

    When you renovate a lawn do you like to aerate than thatch or thatch than aerate?

    What type of aerator works best?

    When you tell someone they are stupid do you feel better about yourself? Do you really think your effort is helping anyone....
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    How bout just taking it a little easier? We are all here to learn.
  4. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,384

    Yeh, what she said /\.

    Seriously though, just leave them on the ground.
  5. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    Leave em is what I do...& they will disappear in a few days. However if the client reallly wants them gone right away & willl pay for the extra work ....drag an old piece of carpet around behind your mower or a chain striping kit would probably crumble them up as well.
  6. tjgray

    tjgray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    It's spring, the scenery is beautiful and I am in picture taking mode :D

  7. JBird

    JBird LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    We all asked questions to begin with and some of us still, to remind us of what we knew yesterday, but have forgotten today. When I first came here I knew nothing of the search feature. So all you who want, ask away! There's ALOT I don't know, but I may know just what you'd like to know.
    The difference between ignorance and stupidity is the willingness to ask, listen and learn.

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  8. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I was just poking a little fun. No harm intended.

    Seriously, as the others have said, leave them. They'll break down.

    But in response to the no stupid question line. I believe it was Mr Garison on South Park that once said "There is no such thing as a stupid question, just stupid people"

    And yes, I'm one of them at times.
  9. Bull

    Bull LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 308

    We have a machine we run right behind the aerator that vaccuums up the plugs, they are then mixed around in a cylinder to break them up and then sold back to the customer as topsoil at a very good price might I add.
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Cores are left on all lawns except for golf courses for a couple of reasons. Since we are here to learn we have to also teach the customer. A golf course cannot have cores everywhere the ball rolls. Most customers are not golf courses.
    Cores are a pain to deal with is an excuse but not one a homeowner wants to hear if they want the plugs removed. Dragging a fence or blowing them around is really not necessary and actually counterproductive to the aerating process. There is a technical explanation that can be used which has some merit.The pulled core breaks down over time and the microbial activity that is produced actually assists in the breakdown of thatch.
    Of course it isn't going to make a heavily thatched lawn healthy again but there is good reason that aerators don't have baggers. Good Luck.

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