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General Thoughts on Aerating, DeThatching and Overseeding

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Funky, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Funky

    Funky LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 7

    Have a 5 year old lawn in NE Ohio (very clay-ish soil). Dethatched the lawn about 3 years ago and took off a TON of thatch.

    I'm wondering what I can do to make it look better (aside from getting rid of the red thread).

    What are the general thoughts/rules/conventions on aerating? Dethatching? It you aerate, do you also dethatch? When's the best time to do it? Should I overseed afterwards? Do I need to? (the lawn is fairly thick)

    I've read conflicting things and I'm just trying to figure out a simple plan to make it look the best it can.

  2. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I would aerate it this fall. That should help out a lot. Make sure you do it in two different angles.:waving: That would be a good time to overseed if needed.
  3. Funky

    Funky LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 7

    So if you aerate, is dethatching unnecessary?
  4. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,474

    Aeration will promote the natural breakdown of thatch. If you are alrerady bound up with thatch after 3 years, you need to lay off the fertilizer and mow more frequently.
  5. 6'7 330

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

    Probe the soil and investagte If the thatch layer is 1/4 to a 1/2 inch.If the thatch is no more then a 1/2 layer, skip the dethatching. Aerate as suggested and rent a slit seeder to do the overseeding.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

  7. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,474

    Don't like the guys tone, but what he says is mostly true. Except for the spike aerating making things worse. It is not as effective as core aerating, but still works. And a report based on many years of university research tells me that. The guys definitely goes for the hard sell, but he has his facts straight.

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