core aeration and seeding with a spreader


LawnSite Silver Member
dirty jersey
last fall i bid on seeding jobs that were 20% to 60% bare due to disease and drought, most lawns were bluegrass sod. i bid them useing my lesco seeder. lost them to chem lawn. they bid them useing core aeration and broadcasting the seed . my question is did any of you use core aeration /broadcasting seed with good results. and if so how did you go about it. <br> thanks ,anthony n.j.


LawnSite Senior Member
southern ohio
Their is no way you get efficiency by punching holes and throwing seed around. I have been able to convince my customers to let me slit seed and and then do aeration when it's called for. Ask them why they don't just buy some bird feeders?


LawnSite Bronze Member
South Bend, IN
You should expect 65% to 70% germination rate from slit seeding. Just broadcasting rate is 15%. A guess: coring & broadcasting success rate ~20% to 30%. Also depends on how much soil is pulled up. Have seen chemlawn aerate with tines worn down so much they barely penetrate the soil.<p>Have you checked those lawn you refer to? How do they look now? Especially if they don't look much improved, take a few photos. Next time you have to quote an overseed, include pictoral results of your slitseed vs their core & broadcast. Refute the lower bid in advance.<p>----------<br>Jim<br>North central Indiana<br>