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core aerate or slit seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by hsteve, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. hsteve

    hsteve LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I want to overseed but do not want to do both procedures. I'm not going to dethatch. Which method will produce better results?
  2. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Which process you choose is totally dependent on your lawn. If you just want to thicken up an already healthy lawn, aeration might be better. But if your lawn is really thin and bare, the seeder might do a better job. Without looking at a lawn or knowing more about it like the thatch you mentioned, I dont think any one can answer the question except yourself
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    why don't you want to do both? aerating and slitseeding is an awesome combination
  4. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Agreed, that would probably be the easiest way to get good results
  5. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Soil test ..Aeration, Slitseeding .
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I'm with you Matt. You should do both if you want a good result.
  7. Cahsking

    Cahsking LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Soil test a def., can get one for like $8. If your still down to one or the other I would aerate, then over seed. You might not get the same results as if doing both but for not seeing the lawn. Thats the cheapest way to go.
  8. David W

    David W LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Where do you get a soil test for $8?

    Having trouble finding a lab in Lousivlle-Southren Indian area?
  9. Cahsking

    Cahsking LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Soil Test for $8, check you local farming store. Many will give you a bag and as long as you bring back a piece of earth in it. Around here they will test it for less than $8, or you can go to HomeCheapo and get one in the gardening section. Im pretty sure you can tell which will be more accurate.

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