sequence of service

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by twindiddy, May 16, 2005.

  1. twindiddy

    twindiddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    i have a client that wants his lawn rolled, aerated, fertized, mowed, and dethatched. i'm not sure on the sequence in which i should do these. i think the rolling should be done first. a few days after it is rolled we'll then mow, aerate, and then fertilize. i figure a week or two after that for the dethatching.

    what do you guys think?
  2. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    I wouldn't dethatch after fertilizing. I would roll, dethatch, mow, aerate then fertilize. In that order.
  3. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I would mow, aerate, fertilize, dethatch, roll! That is my preference anyway.
  4. twindiddy

    twindiddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    thanks for the replies!

    what's you guys reasoning behind the sequence?
  5. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    What type of grass are you dethatching?
    I sure hope its not St. Augustine?
  6. maurader

    maurader LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I would do it in the same order. Mowing after dethatching helps to clean up the mess and aerating after rolling helps to relieve some of the compaction caused by rolling. Aerating before rolling would defeat the purpose of aerating in the first place.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If I had a customer that was wanting spend a whole bunch of money on his lawn, I would sell him fore the same amount of money, some services that are really going to benefit his lawn.
  8. twindiddy

    twindiddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    the grass is bahia. the sod job is about a month old. he only asked about rolling it. when i quoted him the price for the roll, i told him we should aerate to help out with the soil compression. the dethatching was his idea. i'm not sure it really needs it yet. i'm a little weary of aerating and dethatching since it's new.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It shouldn't need it - no way. Is it taking? If it is, then the soil isn't too comacted. It SURELY doesn't need to be tore up by a dethatcher if it is new sod. It probably just needs a good healthy fert..

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