Aerating your lawn for healthier grass

Your time and money budgets determine your alternatives. Pennington says manual aeration is feasible.

Spike aerators poke holes in the grass, slicing aerators slice through it, and core or plug aerators remove cylindrical "plugs" of dirt that lie on the lawn.

Manual aeration may be convenient; you might wear spike aeration equipment while mowing the grass. 

Manual aeration takes more effort and is best for smaller yards (or for those who have a bit more time on their hands).

If convenience is crucial, select a business with bigger and quicker equipment.

You may assume hiring an expert is your only alternative if you don't want to buy a manual aerator. 

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