DIY Lawn Aeration
Researching Google, it is easy to find some simple steps to aerating your own grass. While equipment rental facilities have made aeration a potential DIY task, we believe it is a service better left to professionals. Let’s look at a few reasons why you may want to think twice about doing it yourself.
While you can rent equipment from local rental stores, it can be pricey. If you do not have a trailer or truck to easily transport the aeration machine, usually a delivery fee is charged for both drop off and pick up. Considering aeration should be done in the Fall months, it can be hard to reserve a machine if it is in high demand.
It is important to consider that the equipment you are renting has been rented by likely thousands of others who may be aerating their grass for the first time just like you. This typically means that the aerator is not operated exactly as it should be and usually is not getting the regular maintenance it requires. Rental aerators will not run as smoothly as those being regularly operated and cared for by professionals. This leaves your lawn with a less-than-optimal aeration process.
Considering the conditions of your grass, many times overseeding is performed at the same time as aeration. This allows for the seed to get directly where it needs to go. Unfortunately, this requires additional equipment, supplies, and time for you to complete.
Finally, safety is a big concern when renting and operating an aerator yourself. Professionals receive special training on how to operate these powerful machines, so if you decide to try it on your own, be sure to wear the proper personal protection equipment and ask specifics about how to operate your aerator when you pick it up.