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do you accept spring aerating?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grass disaster, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    last year we had the driest fall on record and i didnt do a single aerating.

    its been my understanding not to do aerating in the fall. because it may cause weed growth. i'm not sure i have the facts straight on this.

    in the past i always told people to aerate in the fall. id seem less likely to talk them into dethatching(they had aerating on the brain).

    it would seem they never would call back in the fall, or i would call them and they lost their motivation and were no longer interested.

    its almost easier $ for me to aerate. i have some nice aerating equipment.

    should i be accepting aerating in the spring

    maybe say something like if you havent aerated in a few year i would do the aerating.
  2. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 958

    Dethatching in real early spring either before it greens up or as its greening and aerating in spring as soon as you know the ground isn't frozen so maybe a week or two after you would do dethatching. I've been doing some dethatching here in Montana and this is the earliest I've ever seen grass start to green up here. About a full month early but we are very dry so if no rains shows up many lawns wuill be toast by June.
  3. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,338

    I would do it.....Easy money! I used to do it with my gator rator...who cares if they want to pay for it i'll do it! how is it any different than a fert company doing it. I see them do it in the spring all the time!!
  4. mykayel

    mykayel LawnSite Member
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  5. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    Most of my lawns are aerated twice a year. Late spring when the ground is soft, and fall . Depending on thatch levels I rarely thatch just aerate. Hate thatching.
  6. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Agreed, two times a year is great if you can get the customer to go for it.
  7. pbrow

    pbrow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Just starting in the industry but from what I have read aerating in the fall is preferred when the grass is actively growing. I think it should be dealt with on a case by case basis but from what I understand if you aerate in the spring you encourage not only root growth in the grass plants but also in the weeds.

  8. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Maybe it was one your post...but years ago I thought you mentioned use of a liquid dethacher and how you no longer offered powerraking dethatching.

    1/4" of thatch digested is a specific time frame....?
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  9. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Aerating in the spring (late spring, not as moist) may also promote weed growth in a not-so-healthy lawn, but if you apply a weed & feed at the same time, there will be no weed growth and the existing grass will be fed, encouraging deeper and vigorous root growth.
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    I do use this on the real thatchy lawns. I used it on several diseased lawns that had 2.5 inches to 4 " of thatch. Then when I aerated it the plugs just disintegrate in your hand after a few months. Ideally this needs to be done more than 1 time every few years on problem lawns. It's called micro thatch a buddy of mine is the distributor for this area. Cost about $75 per acre I think I have not bought any this year yet. Just add water agitate and apply, then water it in. It feeds on thatch and poops nutrients that the plant can digest.

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