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Question on aerating

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by kirk1701, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Dew occurs when the atmospheric temps drop low enough that the humidity condenses out of the air... that tempurature is called the "dew point"... guttation is water that actually exudes from the plant and the humidity is so high in the cool morning that the water doesn't evatorate as it normally might...

    I don't worry too much about the aeration holes drying out and killing the grass this time of year in CentroWisco, but I can't speak to TN...

    I seeded many areas that will sit until the time occurs naturally for it to germinate and grow, as we have areas where artificial irrigation is not feasible... it is generally fine and when it is not, I supplement with dormant seeding... :)
  2. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Exactly, I'm not worried as much about the seed I just spread; my lawn is thick enough to do the job when mother nature says its time.

    Now I have some area's I need to help it along but those I haven't got to yet.

    Smallaxe I'll get a pic of the plus and thach in a little while, to my eye's it don't look bad just a thin layer on top of the plug but again I don't know what I'm looking for there.
  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Here yu go smallaxe
    Like I said, I don't know what I'm looking for but if its what I think, the amount of dead grass on top before you get to soil its about 1/8"


  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    You're right,,, I can't see any real thatch either... then again I only see one root as well in the one plug... I'm assuming they are in there and when the plugs break apart you see how much you have in roots...
    Looks like heavy soil and of one consistant color... no back layer of decomp near the top... Do you mulch mow or bag???

    Good pictures and nice lawn... :)
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I watered the seed in good last night and with the great mid 80's weather were getting this should be up in a week or two.

    Actually, I took the plugs from an area I landscaped and had to add 6" of topsoil there so thats why soil is one consistant color, but did compost a few years back and I mulch the clippings.

    I think your seeing what I can't find either though, no real thatch?
  6. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I get my yard aerated and neighbor up the street who uses chemlawn shows up today with a powerseeder :laugh:

    Chemlawn uses the cheapest seed I've ever seen
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Looking absolutely amazing guys. New seed is coming in nice with the aerating now.
    Can't wait to see how thick it comes back in the spring :weightlifter:

    Think I am going to go back to a slow release fert in the spring though. Staying away from the N might have helped a little to control fungus but without the fungicide treatments I would still have gotten the brown patch.


  8. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    whats the name of the fescue you use
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I'm using the inferno for the last two seasons but I tested another brand in a small area in the back last fall made up of this AST1001, 1002 and 1003 by allied seed.


    Did real well with disease and drought. I never treated it nor watered it this summer and liked the results.

    I still used the inferno this year but testing the allied seed in other places in my main front yard to see how well it does next season like on the bank that dries out and constantly needs water and along the edges of the driveway that dies due to the heat of the pavement.
  10. suzook

    suzook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    Your lawn looks like it recovered well from the summer heat/drought. My opinion is fescue may be the best at recovery. Seems like it always come back in the fall.

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