Springtime Aerations

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mtdman, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    What is everyone's thoughts on aerating in the spring? I have done a few in the spring in the past, but usually try to sell aerations in the fall. And push for aerating in the fall over the spring. Is there really any drawbacks to aeating in the spring, or is it more or less the same? I am trying to concentrate on doing improvements to grass in the fall, but I'm wondering if it's worth it to do extensive advertising this spring for aerating.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Common practice on golf courses is spring and fall aerating. Should work just fine on residential/commercial.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I actually try for Spring or Fall so I have a balance in the number and/or size we have to do. I don't want too many in the Spring that it carries over into Summer nor do I want too many in the Fall to the point I can't get them all finished either.

    Hope that helps some...
  4. turfmower

    turfmower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Don't do spring aeration it helps the weeds out. If you seed you can't do your pre emergent. If a golf course has problem they just use more herbicides. Will your customers pay you for an extra round?
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Now that is just plain bunk. Spring aeration does not increase the weeds. I know this from many years of experience. Now, if you're aerating a weed infested lawn, you can apply a pre-emerg. after aeration to control weeds, but it is not necessary in a well maintained lawn. And, golf courses use very little herbicides, as most are harmful to the desirable turf that they are trying to grow.
  6. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    Good question mtdmaster,
    I was wondering the same thing. I actually had a customer last fall ASK to have it done again in the spring, and I won't turn that down. So since I'd be doing one, I figured why not push to do a few or more at that time. So this year I am going to try for both Spring and Fall aerations, with putting a bit more emphasis on the fall time.
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I had a lot of people ask me in the fall which was better, in the spring or in the fall? I didn't really know, I can't see that either one is necessarily better, but I don't know it all. What I told them was doing it in the fall gave them a head start on developing a better root system for next summer. But I really don't know that is true. Mostly I wanted to seal the deal in the fall and get their money then, in an effort to break even on the purchase of the aerator, though.

    I think I will advertise for it in the spring this year. Can't hurt to make some extra money, and I think a lot of people weren't thinking about it last fall with all the green grass due to the rain we got. Outta sight outta mind kinda thing. People might be more into it in the spring while they look at their less than beautiful lawn.

    As far as pre-emergence goes, I don't do ferts, so it's not my problem quite frankly. I suppose I could ask if they want seeding as well if they've had a pre-em done. I've never noticed an increase in weeds in a lawn that's been aerated myself.
  8. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    I have heavy clay soil conditions in my area so aerating in both the spring and the fall is beneficial.......I try to sell both. The only thing i would do is make sure that spring aerations are completed before putting out a pre-emergence herbicide.
  9. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Is there anything wrong with aerating twice a year? Once in the spring and once in the fall? I thought that was normal practice around here.
  10. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    I aerate in spring and fall. Every body around her follows the same schedule.

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