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when can you start to aerorate new sod?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sirsweatsalot, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 296

    just wondering when is to soon to start aeroateing and power raking sod? or does it really depend on how the roots have taken?
  2. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    I'd be a little nervous about power raking new sod. I think you could aerate as soon as the roots start to take hold. It should be a benefit to the new sod. My opinion anyway.
  3. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Why aerate new sod?
    Is there a compaction problem?
  4. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Sounds like someone really messed up in that install, if you have to to aerate already and thatch.
  5. Good rule I have always used is once seams have grown together it should be rooted well enought to aerate without pulling up turf.
    As asked above do you already have compaction/thatch problems?
    Even with the poor prep on most new home installs I find they don't need aeration for a season or two.
  6. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    Alot of new homes have severe compaction from the construction process. We aerate new lawns and get many calls later from neighbors who see the difference.

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