A Must Know When Renting a Lawn Aerator!

When to Rent a Lawn Aerator?

lawn aeratorAny time that you can aerate your lawn and get good plugs, it is a good time to rent a lawn aerator. The most common times for people to rent an aerator are in the spring and also in the early fall. If you aerate in the spring, it helps to prevent the soil from becoming compacted in the summer. So if you have a lot of clay in them, they will get compacted as the temperatures get hotter and the clay underneath the soil expands. If you really want to be successful with an aerator, make sure to aerate your lawn during the optimal times in the spring and the fall. Late spring aeration is also helpful, just make sure to water your lawn well before you aerate it.

How to Use a Lawn Aerator Rental?

The first thing you need to do is to pick out a good aerator. My favorite types of aerators are Billy Goat and Ryan. In my opinion, getting a mechanical core aerator is the easiest way to aerate your lawn. Make sure that before you get an aerator rental, that you know how to start it and that it starts up on the first attempt. If an aerator has been sitting for a while, it might be difficult to get it started. The next thing you need to know is how to get the machine to go forward and how to stop. Usually there is a lever in the front that engages the motor pulley with the drive belt. This will help your machine to go forward. In order to stop your machine, you just have to let go of the drive belt. Please make sure to allow 6 to 12 inches for the machine to stop before you disengage the drive belt.

Is It Difficult to Aerate My Lawn?

It isn’t difficult at all to aerate a lawn. Even if you have never done it before, you should be able to get the hang of it after aerating your first lawn. This is because aerators are power-driven. You just have to make sure you know how to go forward and stop. The most difficult part about using an aerator is learning how to turn. If you have a power-driven front wheel, you should turn your machine with the assistance of this front wheel. When you are doing 180° turns, you want to make sure that your tines are out of the ground. Most of the time it will take you less than 30 minutes to aerate 2,500 ft.² of lawn.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Aerating My Lawn?

how to aerate a lawnAerating a lawn helps reduce compaction of the soil. It also makes it easier for water to absorb into it. Within a week or two aerating your lawn, you’ll notice that  the roots also grow into the holes that are created by aerating your lawn. Aerating your lawn helps to thicken your turf and encourages more organic material to grow in it. For the best results, you want to aerate lawn at least once every other year.

How Much Does an Aerator Rental Cost?

Aerator rentals will cost between $40 and $60 if you want to rent them for a four-hour period. You may be able to find a local landscaping service to aerate your lawn for about this price. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of having to rent an aerator and then return it, this might be a pretty good option. If you want to rent an aerator for a whole day, it will cost around $120. Another option to save money might be splitting the cost of the aerator rental with a neighbor, or family member.

*Here’s a great source of information about Lawn Aerators and Lawn Aeration: “All About Lawn Aeration Tips and Aerators

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