How much does lawn aeration cost?

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The average cost for an aeration professional is $75. You are likely to spend between $45 and $120 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated March 1st, 2017

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Lawn aeration is a maintenance process in which professionals perforate the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to permeate the grass roots. The goal is to promote the growth of healthy roots, prevent harmful soil compaction, control unsightly thatch and, above all, produce a more beautiful lawn. Some experts recommended lawn aeration twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Others recommend aerating only in the fall because doing so in the spring might promote weed growth. Property owners can rent or buy a machine or other manual device to aerate the lawn themselves, but it pays to have a knowledgeable landscaper or lawn care company do the job. Costs depend on the size of the lawn and whether it has any slopes.

Lawn size

Lawn aeration costs are usually based on the square footage or acreage of the lawn. Generally speaking, the larger the lawn size, the lower the price per square foot. Some professionals advertise a starting base price. For example, aeration prices from Johnny Green Thumb Lawn Care Service of Aurora, Colorado, start at $40 for both the front and back yards. Aeration prices from Hines Property Preservation of Durham, North Carolina, start at $75. Others charge by the hour.

Slope

Slopes on a lawn increase the degree of difficulty for the landscaper or lawn care professional. The more pronounced the slopes, the higher the price is likely to be.

Packages

Some landscapers and lawn care providers offer package deals that combine lawn aeration with fertilization. Costs are usually higher to get each service performed at different times. In addition, an aerated lawn is better equipped to absorb fertilizer so doing both at the same time makes sense. Hines Property Preservation charges $150 for aeration, seeding and fertilizing for up to 5,000 square feet of lawn. Nature’s Caretaker of Lakewood, Washington, offers a lawn aeration and fertilization package for $259.

Cost-saving strategies

Many lawn care professionals offer discounts. For example, Greener Alternative of Rogers, Minnesota, offers senior discounts. Born’s Landscape & Lawn Care Services of Amherst, Ohio, has a coupon on its website for $10 off any service.

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Recent reviews

Only Grass Turf Specialists

OGTS was hired to aerate my front lawn; as the ground was not flat, level and rather dry, the grass was displaced a bit more than I would have preferred. OGTS did a fine job with what I gave them to work with!

Innovations Landscaping and Fence Installation

Jaime arrived a few minutes late, but called me twice to ensure it was not a problem, which is wasn't at all. But great communications all around! Not something I take for granted any more... He aerated my lawn and did a super-conscientious and great job. His price was much better than the big companies and better than other smaller companies. I will be using him in the future for any lawn needs I have and I highly recommend him. This might sound like a commercial, but it's true and reflects my personal experience today on March 3, 2016.

Peak Lawn Care LLC

Peak Lawn Care aerated my lawn. The service was completed quickly and adequately, and at a good price.