When you want to have a really good-looking lawn that doesn’t take a whole lot of water to keep it green, one of the best things that you can do is to make sure that you aerate it at least every other year. Aerating your lawn helps to break up top soils, and encourages the roots and the turf to grow thicker.
When it comes to aerating a large lawn, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to try to do it by hand with a hand aerator. Basically, this leaves you with just a few options. You can buy your own lawn aerator, you can rent an aerator rental, or if you already have a riding lawnmower, you can buy a lawnmower attachment.
If you have a really large lawn, and you already own a riding lawnmower, then the best way for you to do is to buy a tow behind lawn aerator. A tow behind aerator is typically 48 inches long, and cost around $300-$350. They tend to do a pretty good job as long as you add weights to them, and aerate your lawn before it gets too hard.
If you don’t have a riding lawnmower, you are going to be trying to decide whether to buy or rent a lawn aerator. A lawn aerator rental is cheaper. Aerator rentals will cost you anywhere from $35-$65 to rent for a four-hour time frame. Buying a new lawn aerator will cost you at least $2,000. Some new lawn aerators can cost as much as $6,000. Therefore, it is a better idea to rent an aerator, or hire someone to do the aerating for you. Even though you can do the job yourself, since most people only aerate their lawns once a year, it is hardly worth it to buy a brand-new aerator to do this job for you. The best type of aerator that you can rent is going to be either a Ryan or a Billy Goat aerator.
Do a Better Job Aerating
Make sure you are using all of your weights if your soil is hard. This will help you to penetrate deeper into the soil. You can penetrate deeper, you’ll enable the water to soak down further and you will develop stronger roots. If you think your lawn is going to be hard, try watering it for 30 to 40 minutes a night before you are going to aerate it. Then, aerate your lawn in the morning. In the morning, lawns are much softer than they are in the afternoon. This is because the ground temperatures are cooler.