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You may have seen infomercials for spiked shoes that claim to aerate the lawn as you walk. Or maybe your buddy has told you to wear your golf spikes while you mow. Turf specialists advise aerating at least 5% of the soil surface to alleviate a compacted lawn, and that's not something you can efficiently accomplish with spiked shoes. Hollow-tine aeration is far more effective than solid-tine aeration, so your best course of action is to rent a core aerator or hire a pro.
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