DIY Lawn Aeration: Is it a Good Option for Memphis, TN and Northern MS?

Lawn aeration can be an incredibly powerful force when it comes to transforming your lawn. This service doesn’t always get the credit it deserves but when it comes to genie-like magic, you really can’t beat the effectiveness of a lawn aeration service in Memphis, TN and Northern MS.

Aeration helps relieve compaction and allows more water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil. This helps the lawn to grow thicker and healthier.

aeration plugs in lawn

While most homeowners recognize the value of having aeration performed, it’s not uncommon for people to assume it’s something they can just handle 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.

We want you to be able to get the best results possible. That’s why we’re talking about DIY aeration and what you ought to know. 

Is DIY Lawn Aeration a Good Idea?

With the availability of lawn aerator rental in Memphis, TN and Northern MS, you might be considering doing this service yourself. Most people consider going down the DIY path to save money.

However, we find that a lot of people don’t realize just how difficult this task can be. There are a number of reasons why DIY lawn aeration can be arduous and ultimately turn out to be something you might wish you hadn’t gotten involved with. 

Let’s look at some of those reasons so that you can know what you’re getting into.

Equipment Availability 

Of course, before you can even use the equipment, you have to make sure that it’s available to rent. Just because you have a free weekend doesn’t mean the equipment will be available. Many other homeowners in the area might have had the exact same idea as you and already rented out the available equipment.

lawn aeration equipment

Equipment Transport

Once you’ve been able to rent a lawn aerator, you now have to figure out how to get it back to your house. This will require access to a pick-up truck or trailer to haul it home. If you don’t have either of these, you’ll need to rent them.

At home, 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.

There is often more involved in the transport logistics than people initially realize. It can mean headaches and hassles you don’t want to deal with.

Subpar Equipment

Another potential downfall is the quality of the equipment you’re renting. A lawn aeration service is ultimately only as good as the equipment it’s being completed with. Unfortunately, if you’re using an aerator rental, you’re using a piece of equipment that has been used by hundreds before you.

These previous users are likely people who may have zero experience having used an aerator before. That makes it highly likely that the machine has gotten “beat up” over time. Not only can this make it difficult to operate but it can also lead to subpar results.

A Laborious (and Risky) Task

Another word of caution we might issue is just how tiring an aeration service can be to perform on your own. It can be an exhausting task and probably not the way you feel like spending a free weekend.

lawn technician aerating lawn

On top of that, any time that you are operating heavy machinery, there is some risk involved. If operated incorrectly, you could end up tearing up your lawn, damaging irrigation or invisible dog fence lines.

In moving the equipment around, you could also do damage to a vehicle, to your hardscaping, or even to yourself. A lawn aerator is a large piece of machinery that can do serious damage if not operated properly.

Weighing Cost vs. Value for a Professional Lawn Aeration Service

Now that you better understand some of the downsides of attempting DIY aeration, you might be thinking about hiring a pro. However, you might still have reservations about the cost. Most of the time when homeowners consider a DIY project it’s because they don’t want to pay for something they could do themselves.

While professional aeration isn’t cheap, you have to weigh the cost vs. the value. DIY aeration certainly isn’t free—you still have to pay for the aerator rental and possibly even renting a trailer. You also have to give up your time, which is certainly worth something. But most importantly, there’s a good chance you’re not going to get as good results as you would with a pro.

This is why you must weigh cost vs. value. Yes, you’re investing in the cost of hiring a professional but the results that you get will likely be far superior to anything that you could achieve on your own. On top of that you eliminate the liability, the hassles, and the time and effort in doing this service on your own. DIY aeration and overseeding (as seeding is also an important part of this) is a lot more work and you may still be unhappy with your results.

Your Lawn Aeration Wish is Our Command

Although performing aeration on your own might seem like an idea that will save you money, in the end, you might decide that doing it yourself simply isn’t worth all of the hassle involved for what will end up being lackluster results.

If you truly want the best for your lawn, we suggest you consider professional help. Here at Master Lawn, we are serious about your lawn wishes. That’s why you can continue to count on us to steer you in the best direction.

Master Lawn lawn care technician aerating lawn in Memphis, TN

If your wish is to have a healthy, thriving, green lawn, then with professional aeration, we can help make that wish our command.

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Joey Steele, Lawn & Plant Health Care Manager

Since 2004, Joey has been using his B.S. in Landscape Construction and his turf and ornamental certifications to transform properties in our area. He loves seeing the fruit of his team's hard work and enjoys the many relationships he's formed since joining our team in 2008. He's an Olive Branch, MS native and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, fishing and going to football games.

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