How Much Does Lawn Aeration Cost in 2024?

The national average cost of lawn aeration is $143, with most homeowners spending between $82 to $251.

The national average cost of lawn aeration is $143, with most homeowners paying anywhere from $82 to $251. Since the average yard size is about 10,000 square feet, you should expect to pay the average cost for lawn aeration.

Lawn aeration pokes holes in the soil so your grass can consume more water, oxygen, and nutrients. It’s great for overall grass health, and the best time to get it done is during the peak of your grass’s growing season.

Average lawn aeration costs in 2024

National average cost$143
Typical price range$82 – $251
Extreme low-end cost$43
Extreme high-end cost$496

The size of the lawn is the most significant contributing factor to aeration cost, so we based our prices on a typical yard size. The average U.S. yard size is 10,000 square feet, and most yards fall between 5,000 and 20,000 square feet.

Lawn aeration cost estimator by size

When estimating lawn aeration cost, the most essential factor to consider is the size of your lawn. The average aeration cost is $143 for an average-sized yard, which is around 10,000 square feet. That comes out to a little over 1 cent per square foot of lawn.

Many landscaping companies have flat rate price tiers for aerating typical-sized yards and charge by the acre for very large yards.

Yard sizeAverage overall cost
⅛ acre (5,445 square feet)71
¼ acre (10,890 square feet)143
½ acre (21,780 square feet)285
1 acre (43,560 square feet)571

Although average square foot cost helps you estimate a price, most lawn care companies instead use price tiers.

Example price tiers:

  • All yards under 5,000 square feet pay the same fee
  • Yards 5,000 to 10,000 square feet pay the same fee
  • Yards 10,000 to 20,000 square feet pay the same fee

Although most homeowners have a yard well under an acre, that doesn’t apply to everyone. For example, the average homeowner in Vermont, Montana, or Mississippi has a yard over an acre, and these properties usually get priced differently than their smaller counterparts.

Other factors that affect cost

Although yard size has the greatest impact on aeration cost, several other factors also influence the price.

Lawn preparation

Before aerating, you must clean and mow the lawn. Pros will charge more if they need to perform these additional lawn care services.

Lawn care prep may include:

  • Mowing
  • Raking
  • Removing debris
  • Dethatching

Slope of the yard

If your property has a steep incline, expect to pay more than average for lawn aeration services. Sloped lawns take more time, so professionals will charge a premium.

Type of aeration

There are three main types of aeration. Please see the table below for the cost of each type.

Aeration typeMethodTypical cost
Liquid aerationA liquid solution aerates the lawn.$86
Spike aerationSolid tines poke holes in the soil.$95
Core aerationA core aerator pushes hollow tines into the ground.$190

Liquid aeration has the smallest upfront cost and requires the least physical work. What’s the catch? It’s not very effective. According to Colorado State University, no chemical compound can adequately aerate your lawn. They recommend physical methods (i.e., core or spike aeration).

Spike aeration costs more than liquid but less than core aeration and works best on sandy soil. Core aeration, although expensive, is best for loam or clay soil and is also recommended for compacted soil.

Several additional services combine well with lawn aeration, and many companies have lawn care packages that offer discounts when services are purchased together. A total lawn care package is the best medicine for a healthy lawn.


As mentioned earlier, you must mow your lawn before aerating. The cost is minimal if you already have a lawn mower and do it yourself. However, many homeowners prefer to hire a professional lawn care company.

Please remember that the average costs of lawn mowing are based on a typical size yard. So, if you have a very large yard, expect to pay more than the given range. People with tiny yards may pay less, but many lawn care crews charge a minimum amount to visit your property.

Also, keep in mind that factors such as location, slope, and grass length can affect lawn mowing costs.


Overseeding is planting fresh grass seeds on top of your existing lawn. Doing so eliminates bare spots and keeps your grass healthy. Combining seeding with aeration maximizes results, so these services are often purchased together. But check our seeding pricing guide to know more about the costs involved.


Fertilization is crucial to the overall health of your lawn. Fertilizing the soil promotes grass growth and helps your lawn stay healthy and green. The average cost of lawn fertilization usually includes three applications of fertilizer per year.


Thatch is a layer of organic matter that builds between grass and soil. A thick thatch layer can lead to grass discoloration, bare spots, and diseases. Dethatching removes this buildup (e.g., dead grass and leaves) so your lawn can thrive. Check our dethatching pricing guide to find out how much this lawn service costs.

Cost of aerating your lawn DIY

Seemingly, liquid aeration is the cheapest and easiest DIY solution. You purchase a liquid and then apply it to your yard. But, as we already mentioned, liquid aeration isn’t adequate. Any time and money spent on liquid aeration is likely wasted. So, that leaves us with spike or core aeration.

Core aerators are expensive to buy, but you can rent them. Home Depot rents a PRO Aerator for around $108 per day and a compact core aerator for around $103 per day. Also, expect to pay a $150 deposit when renting equipment.

If you choose spike aeration, there are affordable manual options. The gist of spike aeration is sticking spikes in the ground to create holes in the soil. So, any device with spikes, such as a pitchfork, will work. Of course, a fancy core aeration machine will be quicker and more effective, but a pitchfork (or liquid aeration treatments) is better than nothing.

You also can purchase or rent devices designed for spike aeration.

DIY cost breakdown for aerator rentals

EquipmentTypical cost per day
Core aerator rental$100
Spike aerator rental$55

DIY cost vs. professional cost

DIY lawn aeration takes a lot of time and energy, and renting the necessary equipment costs $53 to $170. Recall that the average cost of hiring a professional to aerate your lawn ranges from $82 to $251.

Aeration methodMinimum costMaximum cost
DIY aeration$53$170
Professional aeration$82$251

Aerators are often heavy, and you must push them around your property. Aerating a lawn with manual equipment is also hard labor and can take several hours or even days to complete. Cheaper aeration equipment may cost less than professional aeration, but is it worth the time and trouble – especially when you’re also sacrificing quality?

High-quality aerators may end up costing you more than a professional lawn crew. And an experienced pro with professional equipment will do a much better job than you would. We recommend hiring an experienced professional to optimize results while saving time and energy.

Cost of lawn aeration by location

Aeration prices vary depending on where you live. Local price factors include:

  • Cost of living
  • Average yard size
  • Tax rates
  • Soil type

Cost of living

What is the average cost of living in your town? If it is higher than the national average, expect to pay more. In contrast, areas with a low cost of living tend to have lower prices for lawn care services.

States with the lowest cost of living are:

  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Kansas
  • Alabama

States with the highest cost of living are:

  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • New York

Average yard size

Average yard size varies dramatically across the country. Although bigger yards cost more to aerate, there is often an inverse relationship between average yard size and cost of living.

For example, the average yard size in Mississippi is about five times the national average (55,000 square feet), but Mississippi also has the country’s lowest cost of living. Thus, aeration prices will still be reasonable.

On the other hand, you have Vermont. It is the state with the 10th highest cost of living and the largest average yard size (74,000 square feet). So, lawn aeration in Vermont will probably cost you a pretty penny.

Tax rates

Each state has tax codes, and many local municipalities have additional taxes that can affect your total aeration cost.

Sales tax

States like Arkansas, Florida, and Maryland consider lawn care a taxable service. Therefore, the tax rates in each state affect the total cost you pay. Additionally, some cities, such as Miami, have their own sales tax that will be tacked on.

On the other hand, states like Tennessee, Utah, and North Dakota do not tax lawn care or landscaping services.

State and local income tax

Although income tax doesn’t impact your cost as directly as sales tax, it still influences prices. The more money the crew has to give the government, the more money they have to charge to make a profit.

States like Florida, Texas, and Tennessee don’t charge any income tax, while California, Hawaii, and New Jersey have the country’s highest state income tax rates. Additionally, cities like San Francisco and New York City have their own income tax that residents also must pay.

Soil type

The type of soil in your local area also affects the cost of aeration services because it affects the type of aeration used on your lawn.

For example, yards in South Florida tend to contain sandy soil, and yards in central Mississippi have mostly clay. Spike aeration is cheaper than core aeration and is most successful in sandy soil. In contrast, clay soil requires core aeration, so homeowners in central Mississippi require a more expensive aeration method.


How often is lawn aeration needed?

How often you should aerate depends on your type of soil and traffic volume. For example, high-traffic lawns and lawns with clay soil need aeration one to two times a year. On the other hand, once a year is enough for medium-traffic yards with loamy soil. Low-traffic yards with sandy soil only need aeration every two to three years.

Is aerating your lawn worth it?

Yes. If you care about your lawn’s health, aeration is worth it. Aeration improves lawn health by:

  • Strengthening grassroots
  • Loosening soil compaction
  • Allowing more nutrients to reach the grass
  • Reducing your lawn’s need for fertilization, dethatching, and weed control

When is the best time to aerate?

The best time to aerate your lawn is at the peak of your grass’s growing season:

  • Cool-season grass: Early fall or early spring
  • Warm-season grass: Late spring or early summer

Popular cool-season grasses include Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass, while popular warm-season grasses include St. Augustinegrass, Zoysiagrass, and bermudagrass.

Final Thoughts

If you want healthy green grass, you must keep up with lawn maintenance, including aeration. DIY methods are less effective and cost about the same as professional aeration. So, instead of doing the work yourself, find a pro near you to aerate your lawn.

Note: Lawn Love may get a referral fee for matching you with contractors in your area.

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Melanie Joseph

After discovering her passion for writing through her beauty blog, Melanie left her engineering job in California, became a writer, and never once looked back. When she isn't writing, she loves dipping in the pool, tending to the garden, or doing simple home improvement projects.