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aereating in the rain

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by adam5557, May 13, 2005.

  1. adam5557

    adam5557 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Hey guys i am going to rent a aereator because i ahve 4 aereating jobs i need to get done.If it is raining will that affect the quality of my job?tthanks
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    As long as it is only damp and not sloppy. It will actually make it easier to pull the plugs
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Too much rain and you will have a muddy mess for sure.
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    I agree with rodfather...I imagine it could be a real headache in the mud...
  5. JarrodsDad

    JarrodsDad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Bring your rubber boots! :) :) :)
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I will aerate just about any time. I prefer nice just mowed turf that was watered the night before but I will aerate in the rain in a heart beat. Now if it is pouring and I am rutting that is where I draw the line. No ruts roll on. It is definitly a mess though on the wheels of aerator and your shoes.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Any work on turf in the rain and in wet conditions damages the turf.You will be compacting the soil as you aerate it,you will make a muddy mess and it wont do the lawn a whole lotta good cuz your plug holes will fill up with surrounding soil and it's just not good lawncare .
  8. easycareacres

    easycareacres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    yep good time to do it after a rain but if while rain can be good if hard surface soft.
  9. Simmo's Total Turf

    Simmo's Total Turf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Don't do it mate. it will change the profile of the soil, thus creating more problems. i agree that hte soil should be moist, just b careful
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Not sure what you are meaning profile of soil? There is no differance from aerating on a sunny day and then turning on the sprinklers as oposed to aerating in the rain.
    If you mean profile in that you are taking a solid surface and pulling thousand of little cores? That is what aeration is.
    We aren't talking about a drenched piece of turf where you are leaving ruts every where. Just rain.

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