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Too Late To Aerate ???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by White Gardens, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    A maintenance client that I have requested an aerate, 3 days ago.

    We've had a mild November over all, but I feel the ground temps are getting too cold to actually utilize an aeration.

    But, on the other side of the coin, this is a newer construction home and the lawn could use an aeration just for the compaction factor.

    Any thoughts ???? I Just told my client that I would see if it is worth it or not. Ultimately I don't want to take his money for nothing.
  2. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,160

    I sold 3 this week. back in my chemlawn days we got a early snow they sent us out to aerate in 2 inches of snow :laugh: little turds all over white snow!
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Yuck !!

    I didn't know if there was any negatives to aerating now, but I really don't think so.

    So what would you charge for 12,000 sq. aeration ?? I've never priced a yard this large before ? I'm thinking it would take me around 1 hour to walk it.
  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    You can aerate up to a hard freeze if you want to. The soil will move all winter and help loosen up for spring root growth. If you really want to see something impressive put down some fert after aeration. The first time I did this I was amazed at the spring green up. I was like 2 / 3 weeks earlier than my neighbors. The food was at root level right when the new spring roots needed it.
  5. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,160

    $150.00 in my area. Time more like 30-40 min
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That's about the ballpark I was thinking. Thanks

    I'm giving myself an extra 20 minutes, I like to get every nook and cranny.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Sounds like his original lawn applicator isn't apllicating anymore, or doing aerations.

    The lawn didn't grow worth a squat this year. Thin, mowed too short, and brown when we've had a year that it should have looked great.

    So, my first step is to go ahead and do a soil analysis. I've noticed one area of the landscaping that isn't doing so hot and I suspect there is a PH issue in the soil in this bed and in the lawn.

    Ultimately I want to wait until I get the test results before I do any sort of fertilizer to know exactly what is going on.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    For 12k of turf, I would add a pickup load of compost in a compacted recent construction site after aerating, to get that in the holes. Even better than fert. That will be your best long term help, no matter what the soil test says.

    You are aware that the freezing and thawing is one of the best compaction reducing mechanisms out there , correct? For compaction issues I would have the client wait until after Memorial weekend, when 5 or 6 mowings have compacted the soil again.
  9. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    On closely mown turf the risk of aerating too late in the season is winter dessication around the edges of the holes. I don't think you need to worry about it on a home lawn. If they have an irrigation system chances are it has already been winterized. That could be a problem if you don't know where things are.

    I agree with turfcobob: take the opportunity to get some fertilizer down. If the site needs any phosphorus getting it down while holes are open is a good idea.

    If they are going to aerate once a year doing so after Memorial Day seems like terrible timing to me.
  10. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,279

    What about aerating in the early spring, then fertilizing and dressing? I only ask because I'm doing some landscape renovation work for a client, and I'd like to get his yard, or what's left of it after I'm done, looking nice for the coming year.

    I don't mean to hijack, but I thought I might get the answer here :waving:

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