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When to do aeration

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnboy, Mar 29, 2001.

  1. lawnboy

    lawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I was wondering when is the best time to do the first aeration of the season. I know you want do get it when the soil is somewhat moist but what month or time of the year would you suggest?
  2. E-man

    E-man LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 136

    we do them at the end of March to the beginning of April.
    We start as early as we can as long as the weather and turf conditions cooperate.
  3. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    We aerate anytime .Providing the ground isn't too moist.
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I like to do them in september/october or in the spring,around mid -april.If you are going to overseed when you do them,waitong til the temps are up in the late spring will help with germination time.I seen guys punching them already-there is still frost in the ground,I think they are just doing it for money only-since frozen ground will not break up like it should,so the areator wont break up the ground-and the water veins,improving drainage and releiving compaction.
  5. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    After the determination has been made that there is soil compaction problem you can aerate at any time, as long as you're able to pull plugs (ground not too hard,not too wet.

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