Soil Compaction Tester

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by magicmike, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. magicmike

    magicmike LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    I am wondering if anyone has ever used a soil compaction tester to sell aeration services?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    One sure way of selling aeration is to observe the puddling after a few minutes of rain or irrigation... most compaction we observe on our lawns is in the top 3-4 inches... I always carry a 2-tine manual plugger with me and if the structure is less than desirable I can use that know for many things...
  3. iforgotmybackpack

    iforgotmybackpack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Never leave home without your soil probe. Not only sells aerations but helps you diagnose issues appearing within the lawn.
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  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I actually used my manual plug'r to bring up 3" of his top soil and root zone... It meant NOTHING to him...

    Understanding soil texture, soil structure, and tilth is necessary to diagnose anything... I'm with you... not too difficult to come up with possible solutions when you're actually looking at the dirt... :)
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will help but I have found it is vastly easier to market aerations to people who already know what it is or have had it done.

    Gravely tight poor soils are epidemic here in newer developments.

    It's a tough gig to market aerations. There is a fundamental lack of knowledge here on both the consumer side and contractor side.

    Many aerations are performed in condtions too wet or too dry. Once mowing season is under way it is not even worth bothering with.
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    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

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