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Old 03-22-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Like the title says, just looking for someone to aerate and possibly seed the front lawn in the next 1-2 weeks. Any recommendations?
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: In the land of cotton
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You can rent lawn aerators.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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Ttu-Green Chemlawn will do it.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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However you do it, make sure they use the hollow tubes, not the solid spikes. The solid spikes will appear to work, but all they'll do is further compress the ground, the last thing you want.

The hollow tubes will leave little "dirt poop" thingies all over your lawn, that's what you want.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:10 PM
 
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Go to a bait shop and buy a bucket of worms. Drive around until you see someone cutting their lawn (there are folks already doing this) and rake up a bag of clippings. Aeration, seed, and fertilizer.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Just reviving this thread to see if anyone else has any recommendations. Wayne's wants $125 to do my 4900 square feet, which seems like too much. What are your experiences?

Also, I would appreciate any information about aerator rentals. I found a list of places to rent from online and some prices, but I'm not sure if I can handle the job! Is it as heavy as it looks? Do you get insurance when you rent?
Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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$125 seems like a fair price - follow FTGs advice and make sure that Wayne uses a plug aerator.

Rental cost is ~$45 (4 hr) to $60 (all day), plus gas and hassle and your labor. If your lawn is flat and unobstucted by trees / tree roots then you could probably get er done in a few hours and save a few bucks. The aerotor machines are going to be heavy, but some have removable weights to ease transportation. Insurance is usually cheap - if you have a flat lawn with no roots then you may decide to pass on it.

Robin Rents price list:

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I'd pay the $125. You admit yourself that the thing looks heavy and you don't know that you could do it yourself. In that light, I'd say the $125 looks reasonable.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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Just reviving this thread to see if anyone else has any recommendations. Wayne's wants $125 to do my 4900 square feet, which seems like too much. What are your experiences?

Also, I would appreciate any information about aerator rentals. I found a list of places to rent from online and some prices, but I'm not sure if I can handle the job! Is it as heavy as it looks? Do you get insurance when you rent?
Thanks!
When I did mine years ago, I rented and then coordinated it's use with several of my neighbors. I forget the rental cost but the cost to each of us was very little since we were able to spread it over several people.

They are heavy like a large pushmower except heavier. But they have wheels so you just need to be able to get them up and down a ramp to, hopefully, you're pickup. If you don't have a pickup, hire it done or go in with a neighbor that does.

Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Thanks ya'll for all the information! I guess I'll just pay the $125 and get it over with
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