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i will be doing some pre fall preparations of my lawn. today i pulled my aerator around the yard for the first time this year. i will be doing it again in mid september before i put down some lime and fertilizer. very pleased at the performance of the agri fab tool
 

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i will be doing some pre fall preparations of my lawn. today i pulled my aerator around the yard for the first time this year. i will be doing it again in mid september before i put down some lime and fertilizer. very pleased at the performance of the agri fab tool
Me too...I requested a quote from Tru Green.:lol:

I'm not sure I can aerate...I think my lawn irrigation system would take a multi-perforation beating.
 

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yea i don't know how that would work I'm assuming would have to stay away from the lines
The lines might be deep enough...or at least they were when the system was installed 32 years ago. Not confident, though, given the number of rocks that have been pushed to the surface over the last couple of decades.
 

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Aerator teeth aren't good for sprinkler heads and raised lines, but rocks are bad for aerator teeth. :bigthumb:
 

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The lines might be deep enough...or at least they were when the system was installed 32 years ago. Not confident, though, given the number of rocks that have been pushed to the surface over the last couple of decades.
It is possible that your irrigation lines have lifted a bit (or the ground has compacted), but I am not sure your aerator will get them. On my aerator (regular tow behind), the plugs only go ~2” deep. If you have any areas of heavy compaction (no grass growing), avoid those areas and I bet you will be fine. Be sure to mark all your heads, because yes, you will destroy them if you hit them. Ask me how I know….
I just did a trench project and had to work around my irrigation lines. They were all at least 6-8” deep. It would take a lot to raise them 4-6” over the years. It’s possible, but I don’t think it’s very likely.

Either way, have a couple plastic pipe couplers handy just in case. If you do puncture a line, it is pretty easy to find exactly where. Again, ask me how I know….
 

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Can you guys kindly explain the aeration process and the impact it has on a lawn? I have a new lawn, and it’s in need of some TLC. Clovers are trying to take over also
 

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Me too...I requested a quote from Tru Green.:lol:

I'm not sure I can aerate...I think my lawn irrigation system would take a multi-perforation beating.
Your supply lines should be plenty deep enough, but what you have to worry about is the sprinkler heads. I keep a can of marking paint around for such an occasion. Turn on each zone individually for just a brief moment to identify where they are, then go spray a circle around each sprinkler head. Repeat for each zone. Depending upon the type of aerator you are using, either lift or drive around your sprinkler heads. I have ruined them before, but none since I started using this method.
 

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Can you guys kindly explain the aeration process and the impact it has on a lawn? I have a new lawn, and it’s in need of some TLC. Clovers are trying to take over also
Aerating your lawn has a number of benefits. It relieves soil compaction from constant traffic, it allows for much better moisture retention, greatly improves grass root reproduction to thicken the lawn, gets much needed oxygen to the grass roots and allows for your fertilizers and insect controls to easily penetrate the soil to be more effective.

In the case of a new lawn, be careful not to aerate to much as you will be pulling plugs of new grass. It would be healthier for a new lawn to lightly aerate several times, giving it time to heal and multiply between aerations.

As far as the clover goes, unfortunately now is not the time to be spraying because of the summer heat. However, if you do spray, use a weaker concentration than the manufacturers directions. The next day, I would then try to irrigate the sprayed area to mitigate any potential burning. Repeat as directed later in the fall for better results.

I am not a lawn care specialist, but this has worked for me for many years. I would post pictures of my 2-1/2 month old lawn, but almost any lawn looks good in pictures when cut.

Hopefully this is as helpful to you as it has been for me.

How new is your lawn?
 

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Your supply lines should be plenty deep enough, but what you have to worry about is the sprinkler heads. I keep a can of marking paint around for such an occasion. Turn on each zone individually for just a brief moment to identify where they are, then go spray a circle around each sprinkler head. Repeat for each zone. Depending upon the type of aerator you are using, either lift or drive around your sprinkler heads. I have ruined them before, but none since I started using this method.
Why don't you use flags? They are way easier to spot, especially at a distance. Home Depot carries them, and they are pretty cheap/inexpensive.
 

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Why don't you use flags? They are way easier to spot, especially at a distance. Home Depot carries them, and they are pretty cheap/inexpensive.
I don't use flags because I aerate with a 3 point aerator. You have to aerate in straight lines using a 3 point or it will tear the lawn and possibly bent the tines. It is easier and faster to just lift the aerator as I drive right over the sprinkler head.
 

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Why don't you use flags? They are way easier to spot, especially at a distance. Home Depot carries them, and they are pretty cheap/inexpensive.
Maybe he has kids!

I flagged some things and didn't get around to it until a day later... yep, flags were all moved thanks to my toddler.
 

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Maybe he has kids!

I flagged some things and didn't get around to it until a day later... yep, flags were all moved thanks to my toddler.
But, Dad, I was just trying to help! :laugh:
 

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Aerating your lawn has a number of benefits. It relieves soil compaction from constant traffic, it allows for much better moisture retention, greatly improves grass root reproduction to thicken the lawn, gets much needed oxygen to the grass roots and allows for your fertilizers and insect controls to easily penetrate the soil to be more effective.

In the case of a new lawn, be careful not to aerate to much as you will be pulling plugs of new grass. It would be healthier for a new lawn to lightly aerate several times, giving it time to heal and multiply between aerations.

As far as the clover goes, unfortunately now is not the time to be spraying because of the summer heat. However, if you do spray, use a weaker concentration than the manufacturers directions. The next day, I would then try to irrigate the sprayed area to mitigate any potential burning. Repeat as directed later in the fall for better results.

I am not a lawn care specialist, but this has worked for me for many years. I would post pictures of my 2-1/2 month old lawn, but almost any lawn looks good in pictures when cut.

Hopefully this is as helpful to you as it has been for me.

How new is your lawn?
Hydroseeded in December. Then snowed 2 feet. Didn’t start to sprout till March and was half washed away. I patched a bunch of spots and added around 3000 sq ft since this summer. It’s a patched together job. The original hydro seed area has yellowing and clover in it. Someone told me to aerate it, weed kill it, then reseed in September
 

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So now I’m really feeling like a total noob. What the lime for?
 

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So now I’m really feeling like a total noob. What the lime for?
Lime is used to increase the pH of acidic soil (lowers soil acidity) and provides a source of calcium and magnesium. It also helps improve water penetration. Before I would spend the money, time and trouble to spread lime, I would have a couple samples of my soil tested to verify whether it needs it or not.
 

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Lime is used to increase the pH of acidic soil (lowers soil acidity) and provides a source of calcium and magnesium. It also helps improve water penetration. Before I would spend the money, time and trouble to spread lime, I would have a couple samples of my soil tested to verify whether it needs it or not.

Good comment. I here people "liming the yard" when they have absolutely no idea what the PH is.
 

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I starting Aerating and over seeding my 3 acres. Got about half done until I backed up with the aerator tines in the ground and bent up my hitch, silly mistake. I am really hoping to thicken my lawn this fall. My lawn is new and after such a wet spring and planting grass so late the crab grass took over and it has been a chore to keep it in check, which I was unsuccessful. Now with the cooler temps starting I want to give the over seeded grass a good head start before winter and then in the spring put down pre-emergent. I really hate crabgrass. :banghead:
 

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Beautiful home.
Make it a 3 point, then you can lift it and no worries about backing up!

I know, easier said than done. I have the same struggle when I borrow my neighbor's aerator.
 
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