Posts Tagged ‘aeration’

Aerator – Hand-powered

Q: I’ve seen hand aerators that you can step on to aerate your lawn. I’d like some exercise and avoid the expense of renting an aerator.  How long would it take to cover a half acre? A: Let me break out...

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Lawn – Aeration

Anyone who has wielded a shovel in Atlanta knows that the soil usually contains a lot of clay. The tiny clay particles are easily packed tightly together by rain and foot traffic. After a hot Southern summer, the earth can...

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Air spade – information

Q: What is the the method or tool that does the work of the “air spade” that you recommended that homeowners can do on their own without having to hire a professional air spade company. A: I didn’t have a...

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Lawn – Aerator Sandals

Q: I recently bought aerator sandals with two inch spikes on the bottom. After I purchased them, my brother-in-law told me I wasted my money because aerator sandals do not really work. Are they really harmful to the grass or...

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Lawn Care – Surfactants

Q: What is your opinion about using surfactants (wetting agents) as part of a residential lawn care program? I recently used a surfactant lawn care product (bought on the Internet) on my yard. I hoped for better water penetration into...

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Composter – Purchasing

Q: My wife and I are trying to decide on an economical composter. Do you have any suggestions on the best one to purchase? A: It all depends on your sense of aesthetics, your space and your wallet. If you...

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Aerator Shoes

Q: Rather than contacting an aeration service to aerate our fescue lawn this fall, I was wondering your opinion of the “aeration shoes” sold by specialty stores/catalogs. Are they a substitute for core aeration? A: I know the shoes are...

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Aerator – Hand-powered

Q: How can I find a lawn aerator that’s small enough for home use that also removes plugs from the yard when aerating? I’ve seen the rental-type aerators but they are too big for my lawn. A: You are smart...

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Fescue – Growing In a Bermuda Lawn

Q: Okay, don’t laugh. I’m new to the world of lawn care. Since my lawn is composed of way too many different types of grasses (bermuda, fescue, centipede, zoysia…don’t ask) I’m not sure if the attachments are weeds or some...

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Centipedegrass – Planting in Fescue

Q: You recently mentioned ‘TifBlair’ centipedegrass and said you should seed or sod in May. Can I just aerate my fescue lawn and plant the centipedegrass seed or do I have to wipe out the fescue first? A: It’s lots...

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Lawn – Scalping

Q: Is early March too early to scalp a lawn this year to remove the thatch buildup? A: Yes, it’s too early. You should wait until the grass is at least 25 percent green before scalping. Removing dead grass allows...

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Pink Snow Mold – Identification

Q: Can you tell me if this is something I should be concerned about? These spots appeared after the grass had been dormant for quite a while. I noticed them in December. They appear pink in color and are about...

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Aerate – Before or After Pre-emergent Application

Q: I was told by a garden center person that if I aerate after applying a pre-emergent it would be less effective. Is that true? A: One research source says that aerating does not lower the effectiveness of a pre-emergent...

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Fescue Lawn- Moss Combat

Q: I have approximately three thousand square feet of fescue lawn. It has lots of moss. I want to put eight hundred pounds of pelletized lime on it to combat the moss. Is that too much? A: I hope you...

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Fairy Ring – In Zoysia

Q: This zoysia lawn is 11 years old and I cut it with a reel mower, do as little watering as possible and when I do, I water deep and early in the morning. I aerate yearly and vertical cut...

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Aerating – Plugging Holes

Q: My neighbors and I aerated our yards and now wonder what to do about all the plugs. What is the best way to break them up? A: In the absence of rain, which will dissolve them, drag a 6...

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Aerate Bermudagrass- Growth

Q: Is it too late to aerate bermudagrass? We still have two months of growth left don’t we? A: Despite the current aboveground heat, when soil temperatures drop below 70 degrees, bermudagrass root growth ceases and aeration is no longer...

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Ants – Grass growth

Q: I have noticed in my thin Bermuda lawn that whenever I kill a fire ant mound the grass grows up on the ant site with a vengeance. Do the ants secrete something? My wife thinks it is because ants...

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