Upon return, these droplets mix with the rest of the water and thus transfer their oxygen back to the ecosystem. Since homeowners are able to rent an aerator, they often assume they can just perform this service on their own. But not only is this service generally a bit more difficult to perform than people realize, it will likely also produce lackluster results. You’ll never receive the same results as hiring a professional lawn service.
Simple hand-operated options, just a pole with the spikes or cores on the bottom and handles on the top, can cost as little as $25. Though spikes aren’t as good as core aerators, they’re fine for small areas of lawns. First, water your lawn a few days before you plan to aerate. Virginia Tech recommends removing a square foot section of lawn and checking the roots if you’re in doubt.