Help me aerate!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MrC, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 189

    This will be my first time aerating so I just want to make sure I'm doing it right.

    1. Water the lawn a day before, and mark all sprinker heads, etc.
    2. Cut the lawn as low as possible.
    3. Aerate at an angle and do it again in the opposite angle.
    4. Overseed
    5. Starter Fertilizer
    6. Apply a .25-.50" layer of topsoil.
    7. Water everyday
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,335

    Aerate = what? -> coring I hope

    Plus, your list details alot more than aeration.

    If your soil is high in clay content, I would wait two days after watering before doing anything, then...

    mow it short
    core it
    dethatch if necessary
    top dress
    water as needed to keep the seed moist but not wet.
  3. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 189

    Yes, I'm going to core aerate.
  4. Newt*

    Newt* LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I would topdress with compost and not topsoil. Compost is organic matter and will add good microbes to your soil. Topsoil might contain weed seeds.


    Messages: 18,668

    For what it's worth we applied sand after our core aerating on the golf course.
  6. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    If you do as you say, you will be fine. One note though, if you have good existing grass coverage, you don't need to water everyday. If your lawn is very thin then yes keep it moist but don't drown it. After the seed germinates and you have cut it a few times, put down a high nitrogen fertilizer and you will be good to go.

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