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When to Aerate?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CustomKare, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. CustomKare

    CustomKare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    In the Midwest.....I figure September to aerate. Anybody else?
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    Yup september october november is the best time to do core aeration. You will get the most benifits from it then.
    I have some customers who like to get an aeration in the spring and fall.
  3. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 547

    i do mine between september and october and in the spring.
  4. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I you are seeding over it, november is too late.
  5. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    Mabey where you are located, but I have done seeding with fescue and aerations in beginning and middle of november and had good results.
  6. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    You can get away wth anything...as each year the temp is different. But, as a generalized answer, november is too late. It's too late to grow grass in a reasonable amount of time, It's too late to show quick minded customers gratification. And the leaves sitting on it....................................Usually a juggling act.
  7. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    If you are working with an irrigated lawn you could aerify in the summer but as a general rule after Labor Day. Ideally you want moist soil so that you get maximum tine penetration.
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    We aerate from late September thru early December -- just so the ground is not frozen. We try to aerate lawns with sprinkler systems before they are winterized, so the heads can be marked. I prefer as late as possible to aerate my own lawn because usually, we pull out the best plugs then ( there are several reasons why this is).

    Some here mentioned seeding. Usually the best time to seed w/Kentucky bluegrass is late August thru early Sept in the Midwest, but if you want to dormant seed, best time is November thru December. Most "goff" courses here seed late August.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    We aerate all year. 600 in spring and pick up straglers through out the year. all have to have irrgation, did one saturday with over seed. should sprout by friday. Just plan the heat and make sure they water heavy 3 days before and let dry at least a day.
  10. Turf Manager

    Turf Manager LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Aeration should be done in time for the grass to heal it'self. August if ground will allow. Think what you are trying to accomplish by aerating. Soil compaction relief, fert.,air, moisture etc to plants roots. Remember the benefits are 10 times any negatives.

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