Late Aeration

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lawnman4, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. lawnman4

    lawnman4 LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer that I just picked up that is set on aerating this fall. My thinking is that its too late. There is a frost warning for tonight here and then it is supposed to warm up with lows in the 40s for the next week with rain chance next Wed. I don't know if the cold temps will hurt after aerating or should I just wait and not do it?
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  2. G. Ramey

    G. Ramey LawnSite Senior Member
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    Did you overseed also or just aerate? What kind of grass is it?
  3. lawnman4

    lawnman4 LawnSite Member
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    I haven't done any of it yet, was going to do it tomorrow if it won't kill any grass. And no overseeding. It's mostly tall fescue, I know its too late to overseed here by this time.
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  4. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    my information tells me it's never to late to aerate or overseed unless the ground is rock hard.

    i know guys who have barely started aerating and overseeding.

    we are doing tall fescue and kentucky blue.
  5. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
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    Aerate away. I still have more aerating to do here in NE Ohio. You'll be fine.
  6. lawnman4

    lawnman4 LawnSite Member
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    Ok thanks guys. I thought seeding should be done 6-8 weeks before frost though?
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  7. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    I still have a solid week of aerating left, so you should be fine.
  8. G. Ramey

    G. Ramey LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm not that far from you. I aerated and overseeded a yard yesterday and I have three more to do next week. I think you can aerate anytime. As far as seed goes, I have heard of someone throwing seed on snow and it germinating when the ground warmed up. I didn't see it with my own eyes though.
  9. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ideally you want to aerate before a heavy growth period, but it won't hurt if you are overseeding as well. Worst case you have a little dormant seeding and they sprout in spring as the lawn fills back in.

    Tell the customer to keep it watered twice a day and you probably will get most of it germinating this year.
  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    this is true, but i dont do it past mid october usually

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