Late Spring (May – June) Your lawn is using nutrients quickly during this active growing period. You lawn will require a proper feeding for this time. Broadleaf weeds are also growing during this period and will need to be controlled.
Developing a program for your lawn is essential. The most important thing you can do for your grass is to provide it with regular feedings of proper nutrition. A better root system from feedings and aeration will help with heat, cold, drought and other stresses to your lawn.
Look below to find tips on mowing, fertilizing, and seeding to help improve your lawns health and appearance.
Q: Is it a good idea to overseed after aerating?
A: If your lawn looks thin in places it never hurts to overseed after aeration. Keep in mind if you are going to overseed, plan on having your yard aerated early in the season, so as to give the seed the maximum amount of time to germinate. You should also try to overseed the same day or within a day or so after your aeration while the holes are still open and before the cores start to break down. Just another reminder if you’re fertilizing along with overseeding, DO NOT use a fertilizer with weed control. If you do, your seed will not germinate properly. If you want to fertilize in conjunction with overseeding ( which is a good idea ), just use a starter fertilizer or one without any type of weed control.
Q: While aerating can underground utility lines be struck?
A: In most cases underground utility lines are buried deep enough that aeration will not strike them. However, your cable and phone lines in particular are not always buried deep enough and can be struck. Unlike other companies that don’t take the time to mark underground utility’s, The Aerator Guys, LLC utilizes its underground line locating program to prevent these problems from occurring.
A Frontier Broadcast Spreader (US CA) is an excellent tool for spreading both seed and fertilizer, as well as salt or sand in the winter, making it a real 3-season tool.
Within 48 hours after you aerate you should over seed, fertilize, and water your lawn. The seed, fertilizer, and water will have the best chance to get down into the holes made by the aerator if applied soon after aeration. If you plan on doing this, make sure you use a starter fertilizer that’s appropriate for your grass and growing conditions that does not contain any weed control. If the fertilizer contains weed control, your grass seed won’t germinate properly.
Before aerating, make sure you remove any obstacles that may be present. If you have an in-ground irrigation system, be sure to mark all sprinkler heads as the aerator spoons can severely damage the sprinkler heads.
Using a core aerator.
These core aerators are ground driven and use a series of hollow tubes, or spoons, spaced evenly across a rotating flange that dig into the soil as the unit moves over your lawn, removing plugs that are about ½” wide by about 3” long. The holes left behind allow air, water and nutrients to reach deep into the ground, promoting turf root growth, and reducing soil compaction. The plugs left behind will soon decompose and provide additional nutrients for your lawn.
You should experiment to determine the best operating speed for your unit and lawn conditions. This is usually 2 – 5 miles per hour. When turning around, lift the aerator using the 3-point hitch, turn and set up for your next pass, lower the unit and begin aerating again.
Spring and fall are good times to aerate, fertilize and over seed your lawn so air, water, and nutrients can really penetrate deeply, softening the soil, and promoting root growth. Use a core aerator when the soil is moist and soft, not dry, and not muddy. The next step is to over seed and fertilize, which should occur after the threat of freeze is past in the spring, or well before the first hard freeze of fall.
First, make sure you choose the core aerator that’s right for your tractor. We’re using a Frontier CA2072 Core Aerator (US CA) matched with a John Deere 4066R (US CA) Compact Utility Tractor. These core aerators will fit compact and utility tractors with PTO ranging from 20 – 70 hp. They are compatible with Category 1 or Category 2, 3-point hitches and are also iMatch TM compatible.