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To aerate or not to aerate....

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Tyler's Lawn Maintenance, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Tyler's Lawn Maintenance

    Tyler's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I am going to plant rye grass over Bermuda, however I do not have access to an aerator. Is there any way that I could go about planting this rye grass without aerating? My thought is to scalp the lawn. Would this work?
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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    There are better seedbeds for grass than aerating. I can't speak to Bermuda grass scalping, but all you need for seeds to germinate and growth is contact with the soil and moisture.
    You don't really need 3" deep holes for grass seed.
  3. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Messages: 164

    Are you overseeding the Bermuda to get that year around green look?
    Be aware that this practice can really compromise the spring green up of the Bermuda. I did this one year and my lawn didn't look good until mid July. The rye competes with the Bermuda for nutrients and moisture. Overseeding is ok where you have a long growing season and can effectively kill the rye in spring.

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