If a full drum aerator is overkill for your yard, or if you have lots of time on your hands, consider aerating your yard by
hand foot with the Yard Butler Core Aerator. You might be asking, “If I’m going to go the cheap route, why not just use a pitchfork?” Well, many people claim that core, or plug, turf aeration is superior to spike (read: pitchfork) aeration because more air can get to the roots — which is, after all, the point of aeration.
Core aeration of an entire yard with this tool might be so slow as to be useless, but you could aerate the trouble spots with it, and that might be all you need. If you have standing water in certain areas or packed high-traffic areas, core aeration should help — and with street pricing at $22, this tool might be the least expensive way to do that.