How I Aerify ans Slit Seed in One Pass.

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  1. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    Edit doesn't work with the title. Just found that out.


    The method starts with scalping the lawn and broadcasting 50% of the seed. Then the hopper of the Bluebird is filled and the BB is hitched and dragged backwards causing the knives to spin counter to the normal direction. This is a far more aggressive method. This was a small lawn but larger lawns makes this quick work.
     
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  3. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also, pulling a core prior to slit seeding greatly improves rooting and plant health the following season.
     
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  4. Babaganoosh

    Babaganoosh LawnSite Senior Member
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    Post up the results.. Looks interesting.
     
  5. Rick Engasser

    Rick Engasser LawnSite Member
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    Thank you for sharing this, keep the good ideas coming! Combination of aeration and slice seeding would be ideal to your point. Perhaps mounting an slice seeder like a Mataway on a Ryan GA30 might work? Mataway reel might too narrow but there may be a one pass combo someone could envision.
     
  6. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    Having an all in one machine would be ideal for sure. I've got to hitch this together, start two motors and tight spots aren't easy. The one advantage with this is that I still have a walk behind slit seeder for trimming out such as the case in this lawn after we got the main lawn done. We unhitched and cut in all the pavement edges and beds.

    We did a lawn the day before this one that had some mild grade problems and a lot of dead lawn that needed delaminated. I just hitched up and rode around for an hour and all the grade issued softened out and all of the old lawn was chewed up and mixed with soil. Using a harley rake would have meant hauling the debris away.

    I discovered this trick while renting a slit seeder at seeder a job I was doing in June. One of us was on the Classen and the other pushing the seeder. I pushed the seeder up a small hill and pulled it backward rather that turn around at the top. That's when I discovered how much more aggressive it was when pulled backwards. I looked over at my idol Classen and sent my guy for a nylon strap. We finished that projects very quicly after that. Came out great!
     
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  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not hauling away a few thousand pounds of debris from the old grass--that is a really big savings in time, labor and the customer's money. Hopefully allowing you to price it at a point that would underprice conventional landscaper bids.
     
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  8. On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    What do you have happen when you have thick thatch ?
     
  9. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    I haven't run into anything that this won't chew up and blend with soil.
     
  10. On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    Situations I have ran into....lawns with 2 inches of thatch or....more. I will strip and seed. If I tried to work into the soil there was too much and it is hard to break up well enough to blend. I have tried tilling, thatching, aerating etc.

    So does your method eliminate having to strip ?

    Generally speaking...most of my jobs have thin at best thatch 1/2 or less or nothing. the 1/2 inch or less I can seed in one pass with my seeders.
     

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