Fall Aeration

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ramlawncare, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. ramlawncare

    ramlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    We are really pushing aeration this fall since it was so profitable last spring. Does anyone see a difference in # of customers between fall and spring? Any local comments would be greatly appreciated. I'm in Colorado.
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Im not in colorado at all but i get a lot more requests for aeration in the fall than i do in the spring. And the other way around for dethatching
  3. ramlawncare

    ramlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    when do the calls for fall aeration start to come in for everyone. I tell customers that I start in September around here for aeration but so far we have not had a good response to the flyers that have been sent out (About 1,000 out, 2 calls) Any info would be great.
  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Think on this. Studies done by universities have shown that fall aeration even very late is very beneficial to the lawns in most cases more benefical then spring aeration. The soil has all the fall to work with freeze and thaw and is therefore more loose in the early spring for the early root growth. Also the fert will work down all winter and be there early for the early growth. My experience has been that if I aerate late in Nebraska and fert with it the lawns jump out earlier than if I do not. That means earlier mowing by usually two weeks and the customer is happier with a greener lawn sooner. Now think on this You have more time in the fall. Studies have shown that you can aerate cool season grasses as late as the first hard freeze (study done at Michigan State) So this gives you the whole entire fall to get the aerations done...Not a tight window like in the spring..Here is what I do
    New aeration customers are done in the spring. I aerate and fert at the same time also I have the lawn mowed extra short. The customer will see nearly instant results. In days the damaged grass springs back nice and green...After I have them sold on the benes of aeration I move them to the fall where I have more time. We all win and the customer is happy, the bank is happy, my dog is happy and spring is not such a rush.
  5. bigclawnman

    bigclawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    What is the best Fertilizer to use, or does it depend on region? I am in Southeaster Virgnia, and it stays warmer longer here, but usally starts to cool off by October.
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Yes, fall aeration is better then spring but can be done either way.:waving:
  7. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    We dont get nearly as many fall aerations, but we are going to make up for it this year with sprinkler blowouts. Good luck

  8. Rcgm

    Rcgm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 326

    We only aerate in the fall. I have never done it in spring here in Indianapolis. I like to due it late Sept early Oct then love to see those results next April.
  9. greasy_gun

    greasy_gun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    When aerating, do you folks leave the plugs as they fall, or use something to drag the plugs?
  10. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 952

    when you are out Areating do it on Saturday, neighbors will see you many will ask how mcuh for their lawn? You will also have good results just by knocking on neighbors doors saying we are in the area today Areating lawn would you like your done for x amount.

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