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DIY Aerating vs. Using a Lawn Aeration Service in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, and N. Kentucky

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Aerator rental Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or N. Kentucky vs. hiring a lawn aeration service.Core lawn aeration for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio or Northern Kentucky home is one of the most important services to keep your lawn at its healthiest. Aeration works by running a piece of machinery, called a core aerator, across your lawn to pull out small cores (or “plugs”) of soil.

Aeration helps relieve compaction and allows more water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil.

Most homeowners recognize the value of an aeration, but some also assume it will be simple to tackle on their own.  While you can attempt to aerate your own lawn, there are good reasons why it is a service best left to the professionals.

DIY Aerating

With the availability of aerator rental in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky, you could perform the aeration yourself.  However, many do-it-yourself homeowners get started with this process only to realize it’s a lot more difficult and labor-intensive than they anticipated.  For example:

  • Aerator rental Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or N. Kentucky vs. hiring a lawn aeration service.Equipment Availability:  You may have set aside a particular time that you plan to do the core lawn aeration for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky home, but if the equipment isn’t available that day to rent, you’re out of luck.
  • Equipment Caliber:  Bear in mind as well that rental machines have been used again and again and aren’t likely to be serviced as often or as thoroughly as the equipment used by a professional lawn care service. You have to ask yourself whether you are really going to get high-quality results with a rented aerator.
  • Transportation Logistics:  If you’re planning to rent an aerator, then you’ll need access to a pick-up truck or trailer to haul it home. Once there, you will have to safely unload it and get it to your yard without causing any damage to your surrounding vehicles, your driveway, or yourself.  And, of course, you will have to have a way to get it safely back into the truck or trailer for the return trip when you are finished.
  • Weather & Soil Conditions:  Performing an aeration when the timing and conditions are right is essential. It would be frustrating to learn that your only available time to rent the aeration equipment is when soil conditions are too wet or it is raining. Trying to aerate anyway in these circumstances will cause a lot of damage to your lawn—the exact opposite of what you were trying to accomplish in the first place!

Using a Professional Lawn Aeration Service in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio or Northern Kentucky

Now that we’ve highlighted some of the reasons why tackling aeration on your own might be more of a burden than you realize, let’s look at having it done by a professional. Essentially, all of the issues that are a concern when trying to do it on your own disappear when you hire a professional to do the service.

You will not have to worry about using rental equipment or dealing with adverse weather conditions. A professional lawn aeration service in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio or Northern Kentucky will always have the best equipment available and be ready to perform the service when the timing is right.

At Oasis Turf & Tree, our core aerators are designed to pull more holes per square foot than any typical rental machine. These deeper plugs are especially beneficial to your lawn because the soil compaction is better relieved.

In addition, our technicians use our custom ride-on aerators to do a double-pass aeration across the lawn. This extra measure is not something that many aeration companies do, and if you try it yourself, it’s likely you would find you don’t have the energy to do this either, since a traditional push-aerator is exhausting enough to use on a single trip over the grass. But our two passes across the lawn mean even better results, with more soil compaction relief.

It’s also wise to have someone insured and experienced on your property. If you are doing it yourself, or using a less-than-professional company, you are going to be responsible for any damage to your patio, walkway, driveway or vehicle.

Comparing Cost Vs. Value

Aerator rental Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or N. Kentucky vs. hiring a lawn aeration service.It’s probably safe to say that the number one reason why homeowners choose an aerator rental in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky is to save money. But what some people are surprised to learn is—when all is said and done—the savings is not always that significant.

Generally, an aerator rental is going to cost you about $100. The average lawn that we service is 12,000 square feet and costs you $181 for a  professional aeration by our company.  Is it really worth the effort of picking up and returning the rental equipment, and spending your valuable weekend time on such hard labor, only to get a lesser result—all for a savings of $80?  

Remember, that figure is based on an average lawn size; the smallest lawn we currently aerate costs the homeowner only $97, so if your lawn is smaller, the savings are larger!  Not to mention, there are the additional benefits of professional service, no liability for damages, more free time and, of course, excellent results.

Using Oasis Turf & Tree for Lawn Aeration

If you’re interested in great lawn results in general, then it makes sense to have aeration done as part of an overall lawn care program. This will ensure that you have the healthiest lawn possible.

Given the clay-like conditions of our soil, core lawn aeration in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, and Northern Kentucky is one of the best things you can do to improve the overall health of your lawn. And with the investment in a professional aeration service, you’ll ensure you get the most value out of your investment.

If you’d like to find out more about our lawn aeration services for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky home, give us a call 513-697-9090 or contact us for a free estimate.


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