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What do you use for a drag after aerating?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Mr.Ziffel, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    Ready to drag over plugs and some topsoil I've used to level a few low spots in about 3.5 acres of nice lawn before I overseed. Thought I'd use a 6'x6' section of chain link with a piece of heavy angle iron at the tow end with maybe a railroad tie at the back end. Does this sound about right or do you use something else? Thanks for any info. Will M>
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Thats what I use, only I have some old scrap metal flat stock bolted on in verious places. Work good.....
  3. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    Thanks for the reply. Will M>
  4. 04SIERRA04

    04SIERRA04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I use a 48" peice of old harrow attached to a chain and pulled behind the Kubota. Works wonders.

    If I were just trying to get rid of the Aerator plugs and not leveling anything, I would just set the detatcher to the highest setting and do the entire lawn.

    Heads up though, I'm not an expert!

  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Why bother dragging? Mowing after the plugs are dry will break them up and return the topsoil into the ground.
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    i agree with rodfather.
    we never drag... we just punch before we mow.
  7. HydroRI

    HydroRI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    I use a drad mat from Lesco. It is the same one they use on Baseball fields it works well for me.
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    if you must drag, just gat a piece of chainlink fence and attach it to a 2x4 on one end and drag away
  9. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    Thanks for the replies guys. Rod, I have mowed twice now after plugs and must be that I've got some areas of clay soils but there are places that look like they're covered with little gray goose turds. It's rained twice since I aerated and they're still there. All of the pasture areas I've had tested show as 'sandy/silty loam' but there must be some fill in these areas which are in the lawn part [I'm doing about 3.5 acres of lawn and 20+ acres of pasture]

    I've made a drag with a piece of 6 foot 1.5 inch angle I welded to a 6 foot wide by 5 foot section of heavy calf pen fencing from the dairy next door. It has 6"x6" square sections made up of approx. 3/16" welded wire - much stiffer and heavier duty than chain link. I put a railroad tie at the rear but that tore up the turf so I just pulled the drag itself [behind my Kubota RTV with the spreader mounted to the front]. It really smoothed out all the areas where I added extra topsoil and somewhat broke up the "turds" but I need to seed tomorrow and Friday so whatever doesn't get broken up as I seed will just have to break up on its own when the rains come - I'm headed north to shoot ducks and geese and there's no project that'll keep me from that!
    Thanks for all the replies - Will M>
  10. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 554

    why do all that work? wait for them to dry

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