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When To Aerate???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CuttinUP, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. CuttinUP

    CuttinUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Can anyone tell me when it is the best time of the year to aerate a lawn? If the ground is not frozen, can I do it at the end of Feb or the 1st of March? Second, what order would you guys recommend doing aerate, seed, fert? I was thinking that it would probably be best to fert first, then go back maybe a week later and aerate and then seed. Thanks for all feedback!!
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Down here if you're reseeding with fescue, the only real cost efficient time to reseed is September to mid-October. As for aerating, really you can aerate any time of year and it will be beneficial. When I reseed a yard, I aerate, fertilize, and reseed all at once.
  3. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    aeration is best to do in the fall but this year is different for my aera. due to the drought last year i have alot of aeation and seeding jobs that i'll be doing in march through april.
  4. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    You can aerate any time the ground is not frozen or too dry, but I think early fall is best for both seeding and aeration. but sometime you just cant wait untill fall!
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    only problem with aerating in the spring is that you open the ground up to week infestation
  6. old dog 80

    old dog 80 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    If you do it early enough the seed can get established enough to withstand
    weed control.Or let client know weeds will have to be controlled later...
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

  8. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    thats what I tell my customers too! I try to do as much as possible in the fall
  9. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    Not sure what this means? Can someone explain?
  10. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    any time you can see soil through the turf you give the weed seeds a chance to germinate!

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