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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:23 am    Post subject: Lawn renovation project: ready to start? Reply with quote

My plan is to hire a scarifier first thing tomorrow morning, scarifiy the lawn and then return the scarifier. I will then rake up all of the debris and return to the hire shop to get a hollow tine aerator. The soil plugs will be raked up and then sharp sand raked into the holes.
I have the following three questions:

1)Is it alright to scarify when the ground is so dry?
2)Will the engine powered hollow tine aerator work effectively when the soil is dry? Here's the aerator in question http://www.husqvarna.ie/node1556.aspx?pid=1100
3)How much 50/50 sharp sand / moss peat per square metre will I need ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Lawn renovation project: ready to start? Reply with quote

Yorky wrote:
My plan is to hire a scarifier first thing tomorrow morning, scarifiy the lawn and then return the scarifier. I will then rake up all of the debris and return to the hire shop to get a hollow tine aerator. The soil plugs will be raked up and then sharp sand raked into the holes.
I have the following three questions:

1)Is it alright to scarify when the ground is so dry?


Yes.
Yorky wrote:


2)Will the engine powered hollow tine aerator work effectively when the soil is dry?


Should work better, the cores of soil should dislodge from the tines easier.


Yorky wrote:

3)How much 50/50 sharp sand / moss peat per square metre will I need ?


By looking at your link, I work out

Number of tines 30

Aerating depth 76 mm / 3"

No width given for the tines so I guess 7mm

Really rough estimate here...

1000 cores extracted would require approx 2 to 2.5 cubic metres of 50/50 sharp sand / moss peat mix. You need to find out off the hire shop how many cores it extracts per pass of the machine.

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