Overseed, core aerate, & gypsum on same day?

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Old 10-07-10, 11:02 AM
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Overseed, core aerate, & gypsum on same day?

I have a fescue lawn with very clay soil in central KS. I plan to core aerate, overseed (broadcast spreader), and put down gypsum.

Can I do this all on the same day? If so, in what order should I do it?

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The others may be ok...but if you seed right after aerating, some of the seed will be too deep for proper germination and growth.
 
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I would not try to do it in one day - you did not give the size or reasons for a 1 day shot.

Ideally, I would core aerate, spread some sand and gypsum to get future water into the cores and break up the clay. A dethatcher (even a couple of wires on a power mower could then break up the cores. After that, I would seed and water lightly and regularly until the ground is frozen.

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I was going to do it all in one day just to get it done with. It's getting a bit late in the season I think. It's about 15000sqft. I wasn't planning on using a slit seeder this year.
 
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Originally Posted by Concretemasonry View Post
I would not try to do it in one day - you did not give the size or reasons for a 1 day shot.

Ideally, I would core aerate, spread some sand and gypsum to get future water into the cores and break up the clay. A dethatcher (even a couple of wires on a power mower could then break up the cores. After that, I would seed and water lightly and regularly until the ground is frozen.

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How about I mow the lawn to break up the cores? I know the mower will hate it, but I'll just go slow and understand that the blade will need to be sharpened. Then the next day I can spread the seed.
 
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If they can do yards and golf courses now in Minnesota, doing it in your area would be no problem, but do not wait to long. One of your wet snows could make a mess. We did get 20" on Halloween a few years ago, but it was gone in about 4 days and people then pulled their boats out of the water and winterized.

Any cores that are not broken down now will breakdown during the winter.

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So is that a yes on mowing to break the cores? Lol
 
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Unless you set the mower to scalp the lawn (not good)..I doubt it would get to the cores.
 
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I did all that you mentioned on my lawn the first week of september (all at once) and the grass seed is going like gangbusters. I do it every other year and it's worked great for me. I would do a soil test the next time before you put down lime or gypsum to see what's needed - go through your local state university extension for a soil test on the cheap.
 
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We do it all at once here - may not be the best way but the results are usually pretty good
 
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I've never had the need to core aerate. I'm blessed with about 12" of black loam before hitting clay. However, a couple of things I have noted at the golf course - they rake off all the plugs. Usually they get dumped in the woods somewhere. Then they go over the area with a coarse sand/fertilizer mix to fill the holes.

If your soil is heavy with clay, adding coarse sand over several years might be beneficial.
 
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The plugs are ugly so I can see a golf course wanting them out of site - seems like it would cause problems long term if you removed soil like that on a regular basis without returning it somehow

I just leave them, the break up in a few days

I would add organic material like peat or rotted manure to clay rather than sand
 
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