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DIY Lawn Aeration vs. Hiring a Professional in North Texas

Jack Moore
Aug 17, 2021 10:13:16 AM

We’ve talked before about how lawn aeration can be one of the best services you can have performed on your lawn. This is particularly true due to our sandy loam soil type, which is prone to compaction. While compacted soil can make it difficult for oxygen, water, and nutrients to penetrate down to the root zone where they’re needed, a lawn aeration service can improve the conditions and make a huge difference in the overall performance of the turf.

If you’re thinking about aerating your lawn, you might be wondering if it’s something you can do on your own. While you can certainly attempt DIY lawn aeration, there are some important reasons why it’s a service best left to the pros.

In this article, we’ll explain the differences between DIY lawn aeration vs. hiring a professional so that you can make the choice that’s best for you.Aerating your lawn

DIY Lawn Aeration vs. Hiring a Professional

Since it is possible to go out and rent a lawn aerator on your own, you might be considering DIY lawn aeration. But we’ll walk you through some of the key reasons you might be sorry to choose this path. That’s because the last thing we ever want to see is homeowners frustrated by their investment of time and money when they’re unhappy with the results.

Here are some things that you should know ahead of time.

Aerating a Lawn is a lot of Work (and Risky too)

If you picture that you’re just going to push around your rented aerator like you would a push mower, you might be unpleasantly surprised.

Aeration can be exhausting work and pushing an aerator is quite laborious. It’s heavy machinery, after all! On top of that, you have to factor in that you’re working in the Texas heat and exposing yourself to the typical risks like wasps, snakes, spiders, and more.
Lawn care technician pushing an aerator
Plus, any time that you’re operating heavy machinery, there is always some risk involved. You could end up tearing up your lawn, damaging your irrigation system, or snagging an invisible dog fence line.

Even worse, if you lost control, you could cause property damage or even get hurt.

Aerating a Lawn Takes a lot of Time

We also find that homeowners sometimes underestimate how much time it’s going to take to perform this service. They think it’ll take up a couple of hours of their day—but it could be your whole Saturday or Sunday. Do you really want to spend time on your precious weekend aerating your lawn?

Plus, you have to factor in the time and hassle of picking up the aerator and returning it to the rental facility.

There are also transportation logistics to consider. You’ll need a truck or trailer for transporting the aerator. If you don’t already have one of these, that could be an additional rental. Now, it’s also starting to add up cost-wise (when you were likely attempting to save money).

Actually securing the rental can be cumbersome, too. Even if you have a free weekend available for DIY lawn aeration, you might not be able to get the equipment rental at the same time.

These are all hassles and headaches that people just don’t want to deal with.

You are likely to get Subpar Results with DIY Lawn Aeration

Finally, we also find that homeowners are often dissatisfied with their results. This may be no fault of your own. Even if you feel as though you pushed the aerator through your entire lawn and you did everything you were supposed to, the equipment itself could be subpar.

You have to consider that this is a piece of rental equipment that has been used over and over again by homeowners who might not be utilizing it correctly. As a result, it can get beat up over time. That can make the equipment tough to operate and give you less-than-stellar results.Aeration core plugs laying in grass

Choosing a Professional Lawn Aeration Service

At the end of the day, when you factor in all of these considerations, you might decide it’s not really worth pursuing DIY lawn aeration after all. For the amount of time and effort you’re going to put in, you want to see amazing results—but you could be left feeling frustrated, instead.

If you truly care about achieving superior results, then this is a service that should be left to the pros.

At Grassperson, it is our goal to take away the burdens that you don’t want to deal with and help you achieve the great lawn results you desire. When professionally performed, lawn aeration is going to help your lawn roots to grow longer and stronger, which is going to lead to healthier grass.

Soon, you’ll be on your way to having the best lawn on the block.

Ready to get the results that you desire for your lawn in the Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX area? Get a free quote and then enjoy the best lawn with no worries!

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