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Question about Spiking

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lucky's Lawncare, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Lucky's Lawncare

    Lucky's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Hello all I am new to the site and new to the business. I can't even begin to say how much this site has helped me. Thank you to all of you willing to give such great advice!!

    I got a phone call from a customer that was requesting me to spike his lawn. I assumed he meant aerating, but he really meant spiking. He was concerned about weeds spreading when aerated which of course I agreed with.

    Is anyone familiar with this? Doesnt sound to difficult to me, but any advise would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Lucky's Lawncare

    Lucky's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Maybe this is a common practice that I am not aware of. If this is a rediculous question I appologize, but I honestly am not aware of this.
     
  3. Lucky's Lawncare

    Lucky's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Anyone? I think this may be something done on golf courses? This is a bigger account and I have to call him back ASAP. I have asked everyone I know and no one knows much about it. I really hate to lose this account he has rentals also.
     
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Conventional wisdom is that spiking doesnt help much to loosen compacted soil or enhance intake of water, air, or nutrients - all of these things take place with core aeration and the benefit far outweighs any threat of weed invasion. There is a process of chemical aeration , but I don't know anything about it . Maybe the guys in the pesticide application section know something about it. I am totally committed to core aeration.
     
  6. Lucky's Lawncare

    Lucky's Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thank you, I spoke with him yesterday and told him that I didnt see much benefit in spiking because it would just compact the soil worse. He said he will think about aerating in the future. Thanks again!!
     

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