Colin Can Help With Lawn Aeration

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Healthier Soil

Aeration helps restore soil that is heavily compacted which makes it easier for grass to grow.
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Stronger Roots

Aeration helps roots grow thicker and deeper which makes it more drought tolerant.
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Better Lawn

We recommend aerating every Fall and encourage overseeding at the same time for a healthy Spring lawn.

Lawn Aeration 101

Lawn Aeration

Benefits of Lawn Aeration

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AERATION?
Annual Core Aeration can help make your lawn healthier while also reducing some regular maintenance.
  • Better water and fertilizer absorption
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling.
  • Stronger roots.
  • Reduced soil compaction.
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning.
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown.
  • Improved soil temperature regulation

What to expect from an Aeration Service?

When the aeration service is completed, there will be hundreds of soil plugs that look like Goose poop on the lawn. After a week or two, less if you are actively watering, the plugs will break down on their own and vanish into the lawn.
If you added seed during the aeration, it too should be germinating and starting to appear 1-2 weeks after service.
Aeration
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Not Worth Doing It Yourself.

While we normally empower people to try things themselves, this is a job that is well worth it to hire out.

If you do decide to try it yourself, we recommend this unit from Home Depot. It is 278 pounds, so bring a friend or two if you plan on putting it in a truck.

Rental Fees
Presuming you don't own an aerator, you will have to rent one. All rental places have similar models available and any of them will do what you need them to do. A 4-hour rental will cost anywhere from. $60 to. $75 dollars. A full-day rental is usually about $100. We highly recommend paying the insurance fees in case it breaks down on you. Add even more rental fees if you don't have a truck or a trailer to transport the machine with. If you have to rent a truck, trailer, and machine, be ready to spend $200-$300 in rental fees.
Time
The time for your project will determine how close you are to a place to rent the equipment. You will need to drive to the location, fill out the paperwork, load it into a truck (pick up truck is not recommended, this thing is HEAVY) or trailer, take it back to your home, use it, clean it, load it, and return it all in your rental time. The actual service takes about as long as it would for you to mow the lawn but is WAY more physically demanding.
If you live close to a rental place, plan this DIY project will take you at least 2-3 hours.
Skills
In theory, this is an easy service to do yourself. Get a machine and run it all over your yard. The skill comes in the way of physical endurance. It is a lot of work getting this heavy machine from a rental place to your home and returning it. Not to mention that every time you want to turn this machine you manually. have to lift a really heavy lever. It is also important to note that this machine packs a ton of speed, some going about 5 MPH. It has pulled a few of our staff across the lawn with it on their first use, so be careful the first few times you engage the throttle.

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