Here is my grass before aerating, very sparse and the colour isn’t very good I’ve tried dethatching and top dressing with sand last year. I’ve also put fertiliser down but still the same. 0.5m2 of top dressing from the local nursery They call it “Lawn Blend” Hired a Bluebird Lawn Aerator from the local hire shop Costs about $140 for half a day which includes trailer Gave the lawn a quick mow before starting Using this beast for the first time took a little getting used to, but after a couple of minutes I got the hang of it It really wants to pull away from you as you can see. The controls are pretty much on or off with no control of speed in-between. It’s great going up-hill as you don’t have to do much It’s a pain to move it in tight spaces especially corners. I should have used gravity and have it come back down instead. Lifting the machine causes the tines to engage. It had rained the last couple of days and this was the first day of sunshine so it’s a good time to do this. I hired the machine for half a day to give me enough time to not only aerate, but to also use the trailer to pick up some top dressing which you’ll see later. This machine is much louder than my lawn mower I actually didn’t think I needed to do this because I was able to push a screw driver into the lawn quiet easily But after being frustrated with the colour of my lawn and it being so sparse, this was the last bit of maintenance that I haven’t done Whilst doing this, I did a 10cm overlap… not sure if this was enough or not, but I did it anyway It’s bloody hard work on a slope! I’d like to do a retaining wall at some stage to have a level lawn Some irrigation would be nice too! Best to do this in the morning to give yourself enough time to do a top dress, fertilise and water all in a day Done 🙂 Here is the “lawn blend” from the local nursery Doing this in small parts to give myself some room for error Using rake to spread “lawn blend” so that it’s around 2cm high To be honest, I wish I used sand instead because this “lawn blend” had crap in it like stones, twigs, and even plastic! Using leveller to even out I didn’t film the next bit, but I added a granular fertiliser, and watered in well. Also helps the grass come through the soil And here’s the result after week 1 I’m happy with the colour and it’s much thicker than before