In years past we would use a standard core aerator to do our annual fall Fescue over seedings. As always in our Georgia red clay we would get a good stand of Fescue in the bottom of every core we pulled. There was always a poor to fair stand between the cores. I always thought there has to be a better way to do Fescue seedings. I came across the Walk Behind Aera-vator from 1st Products and thought this machine with its drop seeder might be what I have been looking for. Then I saw the multi-tine head on one of their larger machines. With the multi-tine head on the Walk Behind Aera-vator that should make for a excellent over seeder. We tried out the Walk Behind Multi-tine shaft vibrating head on some of our Fescue seedings and there was no comparison to the standard core aeration method of over seeding. With one pass the seed drops onto the Multi-tines head working the seed evenly into the soil. You also do not have to worry about seed getting into flower beds with the drop seeder. The Multi-tine Walk Behind Aera-vator has elevated our Fescue seeding to a whole new superior level. We will never go back to using a core-aerator for over seeding Fescue Lawns.
We got a major storm with substantial flooding this Fourth of July. A very thick layer of silt and clay particles were deposited on four of our front nine fairways. The AGRI-vator was instrumental in breaking up the silt layer and opening up the soil in order for the undesired particles to be pushed below the root zone. Without the AGRI-vator, we would be dealing with a silt layer that would not allow water to percolate to the root zone and very muddy fairways.
At Rainey Sod Farm we have been using the Agri-vator from First Products for years. We feel that by using this piece of equipment we are getting many benefits. Anyone that is involved with farming knows that over time the ground becomes compacted, when we use the Agri-vator it allows us to make the ground less compacted. This then allows the root system on our sod to grow back at a quicker rate. Therefore, quicker regrowth means more production and profit.
We purchased our VC 60 in 2005 and it has been one of the most dependable and valuable units on the course ever since. We like the way it flexes and turns so that you can go up and down our “mogully” terrain and allows us to make tight turns without stopping, verticutting the whole way. Our tractor is about 35 hp and handles the verticutter easily. We use it for thatching, smoothing, and before overseeding, fertilizing, and topdressing of fairways. Our fairways look marvelous and we get comments daily. The unit has been basically trouble free except for the occasional “finger” as we call them coming off in too soft ground. That has been solved marvelously with the newly designed shoes, allowing us to cross bumps, dips and soft dirt without scalping turf and the new shoes are super tough and never break. The only thing we need now is a new set of blades after 5 years, and we’d like to try your new carbide tipped units because with the new skid shoes we expect to be using the verticutter more than ever. Thanks for the great product.