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cajunsaint
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2012
562 posts

Lawn aeration question
Aerated my lawn this morning with one of those manual Yard Butler core aerators. Small yard, so wasn't worth renting one. My question relates to what to do with the plugs. I know you are supposed to leave them to decompose, but my home is only 2 years old, with EXTREMELY compact clay soil. The plugs seem to be essentially all clay. I can't imagine it being too beneficial to leave them in the yard. But I don't know shit, which is why I'm here. I've read conflicting info online on what to do with clay plugs. I'm located in Covington fwiw. Thanks


CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
3115 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
Leave them - they’ll break down pretty rapidly, probably within a week. Your whole yard is clay, they are not going to dissolve back into the holes you created. I deal with the same issue.


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good_2_geaux
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2015
507 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
I just left them when I did my lawn last year. I’m not sure if it makes a difference either way. If they dissolve and then fill the holes back, it’s still not compacted soil backfilling the holes was my take.


Bawcephus
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Jul 2018
2351 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
I have about half an acre to do. I plan on using the lawn sweeper to pick them up and fill any low spots. I'd top dress with Mason sand if I were you.


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ronk
Member since Jan 2015
2916 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
You leave them.


cajunsaint
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2012
562 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
Thanks for the info guys.

Is Mason sand basically same as sandbox sand?



highpockets
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafayette
Member since Feb 2015
1609 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
Question...if I already put down barricade, would aerating now punch holes in the protection of the pre emergent? Assuming it is yes.


CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
3115 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
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Question...if I already put down barricade, would aerating now punch holes in the protection of the pre emergent? Assuming it is yes.

Yes, but I doubt you’d see a significant effect. Also aeration is usually recommended when grass is in very active growth. The AgCenter literature recommends late spring/early summer (May/June). LINK

By then your initial late winter application of Barricade would have petered out.


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CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
3115 posts

re: Lawn aeration question
quote:

Is Mason sand basically same as sandbox sand?


As I understand, yes.


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