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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Howey09, Feb 9, 2010.
Whipple is correct! Golf coarses aerate multiple times per year for awesome results.
Not a matter of trying to be correct Sooner, just stating how it is here. I do alot of aerations and Im sure whipples does as well. We do what goes best for us.
Seriously were did you hear this; the guy at home depot, selling those shoe aerating things.
Aeration is done to fix soil compaction. Areas that have high usage such as parks and playing fields should and could benefit from aeration at a higher rate as often as every month.
Thatching done properly does not tear up a yard at all. It removes thatch, hence the name.
Doing it does not equate to knowing it. There is a proper aeration method and many do it wrong.
Ok I gotta get in this one. Thatching is the process used in Ireland to putting a roof on a house. Dethatching is the process of removing dead / living organic material from a lawn. This can be done with a hand held device (garden rake) or a number of mechanical powered devices. The most commonly used powered device is called a Dethatcher, Power Rake, or any number of coined names used over the years by different mfgs. Any machine that has vertical cutting knives regardless of spacing is considered a Dethatcher. Some have break away or spring knives so they do less damage to the machine. You will usually find these in rental dealers inventory. A more professional machine would have fixed knives or blades that cut vertically throught the thatch and into the soil. These a commonly referred to as Verti-I-Cut machines because of the vertical cutting action.
The objective of both type machines is to cut through and remove the thatch layer. However if the "Thatch Layer" is not more than 3/8 of an inch thick I would not remove it. I would instead launch an aggressive aeration program of several aerations a year. A study published by the University of NEBRASKA shows that thatch can be controlled by a program of aeration. This is much more beneficial to the grass plant than ripping it and it's enviroment to pieces just before growing season. Although if you feel the need to rip the lawn to shreds do it just before the growing season so the plants can recover.
Best time to Aerate depends on the plant type, geographic location, customer and your personal need to extend your revenue stream into the fall. Popular believe used to be that all aeration should be done in the spring. This gets the best, quickest reaction from the grass plant, makes the customers happy and the ground is usually soft after the winter thaw. But often spring clean up gets in the way and aerations suffer or do not get done. Try this....Aerate your new customers in the spring, put down some fert, scalp the lawn, put down water and bingo the new customer gets instant satisfaction for money spend the believes in aeration. After a couple yeas move them to the fall to make room for more new customers in the spring. Only so much spring to go around. In the fall you can aerate right up the solid freeze, fertilize with the aeration and you will be amazed at the reaction of the plants in the spring. All winter the soil will be moving, the fert will work down and in the spring the plants will appreciate all the food and respond with quick, lush green growth. Both times of year have an advantage. Now if you want more info I will be glad to give you an hour long lecture on Aeration Benefits and How to Sell it. I used to do it at conferences all the time.
This being the problem. Most LCO use it as a $ tool not a effective make yard as healthy as possible.
Dethatching should really be used, yet so many companies swear by it.
It is good for tear up a lawn only in renovating lawns that need some serious help followed by over seeding and other practices.
Aeration can be used on a schedule (though there are many theories about it) core aeration is used to decompact soil and allow air into a actively growing turf.
BUT again most just use it to make more money off customer, wonder how many truly know the principles behind it.
I sell aerations both for the very good money that is made and the fact that its simply part of a routine maint. program. We have bad problems with broadleaf weeds like crabgrass so we shy away from doing aerations in the spring and stick to doing them in the fall. Aeration is not rocket science and its the best money per hour that I can make. One of my best customers came when I was 19 years old at Home Depot renting an aerator and explained the difference in aeration and dethatching to a clueless homeowner. Been aerating his yard for 5+ plus year now. The only yards that I have to dethatch are customers that mowed improperly or over fert. Since alot of the yards that are aerated are relatively small, they are gone over multiple times with the aerator and that is enough for thatch control. With the amount of rainfall we have gotten the past two years, the lawns have been growing so fast that some more dethatching may have to be done this year but Id rather not.
But golf courses have things that are called "greens fees", which pay for all that aeration and fertilizer, and chemicals. Apples to oranges, compared to home lawns, unless the customer is very wealthy, and amenable to the services you provide!
Excellent knowledge there DIY! I didnt want to get into another argument over the very, very basic procedure of aeration and dethatching so I left out that point you just made. No homeowners aerate their lawns 3 times a year, its completely pointless. Golf courses have heavy machinery on them DAILY, thousands of people walking on them, heavily watered and fertilized, and they are under extreme scrutiny by their members and guests....all those reasons and the fact that they have a full time staff to do stuff like this is why they aerate several times a year. A 10k homeowners lot does not need aerated 3 times a year.
Exactly, I was trying to politely point that out, without taking a side in the argument. Arguments is for the political section!