What is aerating and dethatching?Why?

BigEd

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
MD
Nobody I have worked for do this.Going out on my own this year do not want to miss out on the extra money.
 

jeffex

LawnSite Bronze Member
Aeration is usually done by a walkbehind type
machine that takes 2" to 3" plugs out of the turf.
It reduces soil compaction and allows water and
fertilizer to reach the grass roots. The plugs act
like a tunnel for turf roots to grow down deeper
into the soil. You can put all the water and fert.
on a lawn you want but if it just runs off the
surface you customers won't see the GREEN.

De-thatching is again usually done by a walkbehind
machine you can rent. It has tines that rake up
dead grass that is choking the turf.

Go to your nearest rental center and ask them for
a pamphlet put out by BLUEBIRD {they make the
aerators and de-thatchers I rent}. I give them to
my customers to explain the process and they are
very professional and don't cost a dime!!!

SELL SELL SELL!!!!!
 

GroundKprs

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
South Bend, IN
If you just search for "aerat" (to include aeration, aerate, or aerator) in subject only, you will find over 90 threads, with hundreds of comments. Can gaurantee you will not get hundreds of answers when you ask a question treated so often in the past. After reading these comments, if you have any questions, then you can ask for specific answers.
 

CCLC

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Flint, Michigan
Thatching and Aeration are excellent ways to supplement income. We do most of ours in the spring just as soon as weather permits. We do more aeration than thatching. When you explain the benefits of aeration to customers they usually will go for it. Good Luck next year.
 
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BigEd

BigEd

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
MD
Thanks to all that replied.Looks like I will be doing some aeration this year.
 

Bob Shoaff

LawnSite Member
Location
California
I enjoyed reading the responses to the posted question. Now my question is what would you normally charge for an aeration job or thatching?
Thanks, Bob
 

toddman35

LawnSite Member
Location
Central, IA
you can use the search function at the top right of the page. If you search for areating pricing or something like that you can find some good threads on it. Hope this helps.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA

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