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Summer aerating?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by harryhomeowner, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. harryhomeowner

    harryhomeowner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    A portion of my lawn has been driven on quite a bit over the past month.

    Is it adviseable to aerate this area in mid-July?

    It's been pretty dry around here lately so, I don't have any mud or ruts.
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    You can areate, but as dry as it has been good luck getting any penetration....I would put some water on the compacted area before you decide to aerate it...not enough to be squishy, but enough so you'll get good cores....
  3. Gators_Aerator

    Gators_Aerator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Risky, but possible.

    Water lawn to get best cores.

    Now since you have the rest of the summer to go and if you don't water you lawn regularly, then aeration may not be best at this time, unless you see direct signs of compaction.

    I would water and possibly amend with some compost or slow release fert. Then aerate like crazy come fall.

    Also - don't drive on your lawn. Your lawn mower compacts the soil enough during the year.

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