How to Save Money on Lawn Care (Fall Aerating)

charlie_imageThe fall season is just around the corner, and we are already excited to start wearing a light jacket, the leaves to change colors, and to make a warm batch of chilli. Along with that I’m extremely excited to do my fall lawn care (Ya I know…I’m a guy and this is what excites me)! Unlike what most people think, the fall is one of the best times to plant trees, and improve the conditions of your lawn.

For myself, around Labor Day, I usually start my fall lawn care, which includes cutting my grass shorter and shorter. Along with that I like to overseed my lawn, but one thing I do every year before over-seeding is aerate. However, aerating can sometime be very expensive, and I’m always looking for ways to save on my lawn care. 



Over the last few years I’ve looked a variety of options for aerating my yard, and here are a few options I came up with and estimates of how much they cost.

  • Rent an Aerator ($40-$60/four hours) – a lot of rental companies offer aerators for rent for either 4 or 8 hours periods. ConsiderAerating Shoes
  • Rent an Aerator & share the costs with your neighbors (about $10) – a couple of years ago, I leveraged this option and solicited 5 of my neighbors to go in on renting an aerator for four hours. We were able to rent the unit for $50, and were able to only spend $10 per couple for aerating our own lawns. Amazingly we were able to blow through five yards in four hours.
  • Bond 9215 Green Giant Spiked Aerator Shoes ($18.99) – as funny as these look, one option would be to buy a pair of these aerating shoes. May not do a consistent job, but is an option.
  • Hire someone to aerator ($50) – in my neighborhood most of my neighbors hire out their aeration, and it’ll typically run them about $50/lawn.
  • Get a neighborhood discount ($40) – sometimes you can find aerating services that will offer discounts if you can get 3 or more neighbors to go in on this deal with you. This helps save the lawn car companies money on travel, and will allow
  • Agri-Fab 45-0299 48-Inch Tow Plug Aerator ($259) + free shipping for Amazon Prime – so if you have a pretty large hard and want to aerate it quickly, then this unit might be an option. It’ll cost ya $259, and requires a lawn tractor or lawn mower to pull it.

So as you can see most of the typical aerating options will cost ya about $40-$60, but there are create ways to save a few dollars. I’d love to hear from some of our readers on what fall lawn care you do, and how you save money!

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