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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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