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Old 09-20-2018, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Yes, if you’ve never used an aerating machine before it can be quite an experience.

If you have the time go for it otherwise it could be much easier just to hire someone.


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I've rented an aerator a few times, in my younger years, to overseed fescue in the fall, and they're like wrestling a buffalo. A few years ago, my neighbor and I went in together to share the cost. The one we got didn't stop turning when you released the "go" button. After a couple of times running into a flower bed, I finally got the hang of it. When it was my neighbor's turn, I glanced over once and the darn thing was trying to climb a tree!

I've hired someone to do it since then ....
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Great job!

Just goes to show...a little work goes a long way.

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Fall overseeding went off successfully.

Last weekend I aerated, mowed short and spread 3 bags of seed over 12000sf. Also dumped some milorganite. We had some good rain mixed with HEAVY dew this time of year and as a result many of the new seeds have already sprouted and are 2" long already.

Grass is turning a nice dark green and starting to fill in. Love just standing on the deck and admiring what this yard looks like now vs 3 years ago when I first moved in. There was no grass..just moss and weeds.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Default Fall Lawn Care | Aeration, Overseed, Starter Fertilizer, Milorganite FUN!

Fall Lawn Care | Aeration, Overseed, Starter Fertilizer, Milorganite FUN!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kPbYmgZ8vDQ

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Old 09-24-2018, 02:07 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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Yep, aerated this past weekend, two bags of southern states tall fescue premium, two bags of souther states "lawn carpet maker", which is 20-27-5, put down today so the rain gently sets the seeds and soaks the fertilizer.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Default How To Fix Your Ugly Lawn This Fall

How To Fix Your Ugly Lawn This Fall

https://youtu.be/e2R8ZUqh6Fg

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Old 09-24-2018, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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You and me both although I went with the 18-24-16 fertilizer.

I can hear the seed growing already ...


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Yep, aerated this past weekend, two bags of southern states tall fescue premium, two bags of souther states "lawn carpet maker", which is 20-27-5, put down today so the rain gently sets the seeds and soaks the fertilizer.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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I can hear the seed growing already ...
Ok, now I'm getting a little worried here about you.

You didn't get the Cheerios and the fertilizer mixed up by mistake again did you?
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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LOL excellent weather now for lawn care!

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Ok, now I'm getting a little worried here about you.

You didn't get the Cheerios and the fertilizer mixed up by mistake again did you?
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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I'm not certain why (maybe it was too dry), but all of my crabgrass died I expected it to die, but I thought it would be in a month or so. I've still got some grassy weeds, but getting rid of weeds just got easier. In about a month I'll apply pre-emerge (Alabama - bermudagrass) then I'm mostly done until Spring (except for mowing - yes even through the Winter).

BTW, it's raining now (a lot); I hope that this doesn't rejuvenate the crabgrass.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Interesting....

Going to be in the 80s here all week, not record warmth, but well above average so great time for aerating, seeding, and fertilizing.

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I'm not certain why (maybe it was too dry), but all of my crabgrass died I expected it to die, but I thought it would be in a month or so. I've still got some grassy weeds, but getting rid of weeds just got easier. In about a month I'll apply pre-emerge (Alabama - bermudagrass) then I'm mostly done until Spring (except for mowing - yes even through the Winter).

BTW, it's raining now (a lot); I hope that this doesn't rejuvenate the crabgrass.
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