Plugs, leave them or remove them??????

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by fourbybud, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. fourbybud

    fourbybud LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 199

    I am going to be doing some aeration soon and was wondering if it is better to clean up and remove the dirt plugs or just to leave them on the lawn?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. 2stroke

    2stroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    leave them.
  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Leave them.
  4. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    leave is part of the process for them to breakdown...picking them up would cost more and be less effective.
  5. TurfCo  LLC

    TurfCo LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    leave them
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,646

    I leave them
  7. davedealer

    davedealer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    leave them
  8. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    Leave them
  9. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Always leave them. There is beneficial bacteria in the soil that helps to break down thatch.
  10. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    If they are a real problem you can cut them up with a vertical bladed machine but it is best if you leave them to break up slowly and work into the thatch layer. Another way to break them up is to scalp the lawn before aeration let them dry a while and run the mower over them again. Works to some degree. But still best to leave them. Golf courses pick them up because of the golfers.

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