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Old 11-25-2019, 02:44 PM
 
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Our yard does not get much traffic. Is once a year too much? Tru Green charges 250 for it. So I figure is it a big deal to do it every other year or so? We live in the Chicago area.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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Annually is usually normal, when growing season starts.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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I do mine once in the spring and once in the autumn. I have the luxury of having my own equipment so it is not as costly and I can schedule it when the ground is soft and the aeration does the best job.


If I was paying I would probably do it once in the autumn after the ground softens up from the rain.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:37 AM
 
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Annually in the fall, late in the growing season but before heavy frosts/freezing.
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:54 PM
 
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The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.
Aeration: Why, How & When to Aerate Your Lawn
https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na...your-lawn.html
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:16 AM
 
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Our yard does not get much traffic. Is once a year too much? Tru Green charges 250 for it. So I figure is it a big deal to do it every other year or so? We live in the Chicago area.
The joy of forums and internet opinions. lol. You'll get so many different ones.

Best time to aerate is Fall. When throwing grass seeds down in the Fall which is the best time to overseed a lawn, the seeds fall in the hole as opposed to laying on top of the soil.

You're in the Chicago area so do it in September. Reason why Spring isn't great to aerate is because it introduces more air into ground and that means it drys up easier especially if there's a drought or hot weather happening.. If you don't have irrigation than I don't recommend doing it in Spring or Summer.

But sometimes you don't need to do it.


1st thing to do.......... Walk around yard and stick a long screwdriver into the soil. How deep can you go?? Do this in multiple places. If you can go more than 3 inches down with it, you don't need to aerate.
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:24 AM
 
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One a month should be fine, It depends upon your yard too
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Old 11-28-2019, 03:28 PM
 
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Aerators are cheap to rent. They are not hard to operate either.
Otherwise, let moles to the job.
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Old 11-29-2019, 04:05 PM
 
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One a month should be fine, It depends upon your yard too
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Aerators are cheap to rent. They are not hard to operate either.
Otherwise, let moles to the job.
lol.


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The joy of forums and internet opinions. lol. You'll get so many different ones.

Once a month? Moles?


BTW -- They might be inexpensive to rent ($60 here for 1 hour) but they are super heavy. Expect to get a workout. If you have a slope, forget it.
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:51 AM
 
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Thanks for all the answers
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