# how long will it take to aerate 1 acre?

I am going to rent an aerator and it's \$50/4 hrs. . I cannot fit it in my car and I'm thinking of approaching my neighbor and splitting it with him since he has a pickup truck. the combined acreage of both of our lawns is about 1 acre. Is it possible to aerate 1 acre correctly in 4 hours?
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How far is the rental place from your acre? -----
- gpsman
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Joe wrote:

The rental place should be able to give you a ballpark figure for square feet per hour. An acre is around 45,000 sq ft.
If the aerator covers a 2ft width then you'll walk about 4 miles to cover an acre. A normal walking pace is 2-3mph, so 4 hours should give you enough time.
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Mike Paulsen wrote:

43,560 sq ft.
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Frozen ground areates itself upon thawing, worms do it all summer. I say a waste of money, its just a way for landscapers to sucker out extra bucks.
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ransley wrote:

Or maybe just a good raking to remove old thatch.
Lou
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Apparently you've never tried growing grass in Illinois clay at low elevation, or in areas where the developer stripped to clay then applied little topsoil. I agree that it's a waste if you have decent soil, but with compacted clay soil aeration works wonders.
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No never clay thats true, but Illinois yes. The thing is where I am everyone has good dirt, and lawn services still push areation just for extra money, not because its needed. Muching grass and fall leaves will over years amend clay to a better top soil.
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Joe wrote:

how wide is it? is it a pull behind (your lawn tractor) or a self propelled walkbehind? Either way, 4 hours should be more than plenty. However, you won't get a good "do" unless your soil is somewhat moist at the time. If it's hard and dry, you'll only pull about 1" plugs out.
s
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To do one acre will take exactly 4 hours and 1 minute including travel time.
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4 hours rental should be enough time to aerate an acre, assuming about one hour is wasted in transit, loading/unloading, etc. and that the area is reasonably open, not requiring lots of stopping and turning. If it's just one big rectangle, it goes a lot faster.
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keep in mind you don't aerate like you mow. meandering, overlapping, general directional sloppiness, all which increase speed, are acceptable when aerating.
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My strategy on rentals is to pick it up at the end of their workday, giving me a little slack time for half the travel time.
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C & E wrote:

my local joint only charges one day if picked up after noon on saturday. Due in by 9am monday.
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