How to know which Lawn Aerator is the best deal?
Lawn aerators come in many different sizes and shapes. Price on lawn aerators range from $ 10 to $ 6000. What aerators are the best for their cost? When do you know if it is better to buy vs rent an aeration machine? Below we have assessed the benefits of several different types of aerators and their effectiveness.
Lawn Aerator Shoes- ($ Price $ 10- 40) Effectiveness (2 stars out of 5) Durability (1 of 5) Price Cost (4 of 5) Ease of use (4 of 5)
We give lawn Aerator shoes a 2.5 star rating overall. It is a great idea but the cheaper lawn aeration shoe models break easily. The shoes that actually work, need to be used quite regularly because the holes are so small they only last for about two weeks.
Liquid Lawn Aerator- ($ 25-50) Effectiveness (2.5 stars out of 5) Durability (2 of 5) Price Cost (3 of 5) Ease of use (4 of 5)
Overall Liquid Lawn Aeration has a 3 star rating. On a per application basis it is actually quite expensive. It can break up hard soils but the catch is that it works best when used in conjunction with mechanical lawn aeration.It should be applied in the fall or in the spring before the lawn gets to hard to aerate.
Hand Aerator- ($ 10-50) Effectiveness (2 stars out of 5) Durability (3 of 5) Price Cost (4 of 5) Ease of use (3 of 5)
Hand Aerators works great on small yards and parking strips. It is a very economical way to go if your lawn is small than 500 sq feet. But it is difficult to use once your lawn gets hard and it is time consuming. We suggest and aerator with only two coring spikes. We have had the best luck using this model. You can also use it on small patches of your lawn that get extra hard or when reseeding small areas.
Machine Core Aerator- ($ 40-110) Effectiveness (5 stars out of 5) Durability (4 of 5) Price Cost (2 of 5) Ease of use (2 of 5)
Using a mechanical core aerator on your lawn is the quickest way to see visible results. The down side is that you need to rent it and it is more expensive than aeration shoes or a hand aerator. These machine are very heavy they can do a great job. Many people can also aerate their lawn 2 or 3 times for better penetration and better results. Rental rates range from $ 40 to $ 110. Surprisingly, you can often find a local service willing to do it for the same price. The advantage of renting is you can do your neighbor's lawn at the same time and split the cost.
Tow behind Lawn aerators are rated nearly identical to the mechanical ones. If you already own a riding mower you can get a lawn aerator attachment for 200-300 dollar. It works great on large lawns, but it is difficult to get corners and close to trees.