This is a question that we often get asked by readers. It’s actually easier to answer than you might think…

Aeration – also called core aeration or lawn scarification – involves removing soil cores from the lawn at regular intervals. This allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the grass roots for improved overall health & vigor.

For best results, aerate your lawn in early spring or late summer when the soil is moist but not overly wet. Use a rented core aerator with either spoons or hollow tines set to remove out plugs 1/2″ deep and 3″ apart (3″-6″ apart for Bermuda grass). Shallow depth helps reduce weed seed germination while encouraging healthy root development.

Which is better aeration or dethatching?, Zazzy Home



Additionally, do not cut your lawn for at least a week following aeration. And because you’re removing plugs of soil, don’t run over them with a mower or walk on them barefoot – it’s easy to damage the newly exposed roots.

As far as costs go, renting an aerator typically runs $30-$60/hour, and you should expect to pay a minimum of two hours if aerating a 1/4 acre lot. Again, you may be able to find a good deal by shopping around locally, but you can expect to spend another $10-20 for gasoline in most cases.

If conducting the work yourself keeps the cost down, but there is always the risk of injury from operating heavy machinery or compacting soil due to excess weight.

Dethatching is a process that removes excess grass and weeds from the lawn surface. Generally speaking, you should only need to conduct this task once or twice a year, depending on how quickly your lawn grows and how much foot traffic it experiences (you can tell when to do this when you see dead patches in your yard).



Mow the lawn short (less than 1″ tall) before using a power rake with 4-6 blades set 1/4″ to 3/8″ deep. Dethatchers will typically cover about 500 square feet in one hour, and rental fees run $30-$60 for an hour-long session (more if doing the work yourself and lower if renting over longer periods of time).

Of course, other tasks fall under this category, such as soil aeration (see above), overseeding, core drilling, or laying sod (laying turf is expensive – think $15+ per square foot). However, the above provides the basics to help readers better understand what it takes to accomplish these types of projects at home.

Neither aeration nor dethatching are difficult to conduct but keep in mind that both procedures should only be conducted once or twice per year (unless you have serious soil compaction issues) so choose wisely!

There are many factors to consider, including estimated lawn size, the time frame of procedure, available equipment & expertise, overall budget.



Aeration involves removing cores of soil from the lawn at regular intervals. This allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the grass roots for improved overall health & vigor.

For best results, aerate your lawn in early spring or late summer when the soil is moist but not overly wet. Use a rented core aerator with either spoons or hollow tines set to remove out plugs 1/2″ deep and 3″ apart (3″-6″ apart for Bermuda grass). Shallow depth helps reduce weed seed germination while encouraging healthy root development.

Author

Gardening doesn't have to be hard. Even if you don't have a lot of space, there are ways to make the most of it. My name is Brian and I'm a garden design and maintenance blogger. I've been gardening for years, and I'm an expert at getting the most out of a garden of any size. If you're just starting out, the first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of gardener you are. Are you the type who likes to get their hands dirty? Or do you prefer to sit back and let things grow on their own? Once you know that, it's easier to decide what kind of garden to create.

Write A Comment

Pin It