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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2013

How much does 1/4 acre of lawn aeration cost?

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Ballpark number, 6-12 cents/SF. The lower end for lower priced areas and for spike aeration, the higher for cities and coring - so about $650-1200 for your area. Some independent one-man yard care and bulk mowing contractors will do it for as little as half that much assuming your entire lawn can be traersed by a lawn tractor, but you have to find them usually by word of mouth from neighbors or a lawn and garden center, or by a referrall from your lawn mowing company if they do not have the capability.

Spike aeration uses rollers with spikes that stick out which poke holes in the lawn, but do so by compressing the soil around the hole, which actually aggravates the compaction problem - creating small holes by pressing the surrounding soil tighter. Coring costs about 25-50% more in a given area, but works by using a roller with hollow sharpened steel tubes that poke into the ground and actually remove a core of soil with each penetration - with a lot less compression around the holes, and typically removes about 10% of the soil in the growth zone. Fancier units catch the cores, lesser ones you have to go and rake the cores up - left laying on the ground like worm casts. If you get coring, be sure to specify if they are picking up and disposing of the cores or not - of course that costs a bit more.

Coring is more unsightly at first as it leaves little holes all over and pieces of root and dirt all over the lawn, but is actually the only way to reduce the lawn growth bed density and provide more root growing psace and ease.

There is an intermediate means which also works, and also makes a ragged mess of the lawn till it has been mowed a couple of times - that is slicing, where teeth cut grooves in the lawn, removing small siced strips about 1/8" wide every inch or so - looks sort of like corduroy for the first few mowings afterwards. Do not confuse this with thatching, which also sometimes uses a shaller type slicing or rotary hook machine to remove matted dead grass blades. Slicing can work good in deep turf,, but kicks a lot of pebbles to the top if you are in gravelly soil.

With coring and slicing, to get your moneys worth, you have to get rid of the waste material or it will just pack back down into your lawn with mowing and foot traffic, filling in the holes or slices and making it lumpy. You have to dispose of it or mulch it.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Approx $90.00

Answered 5 years ago by kstreett

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