Hi folks, I posted here last year as my lawn was very thread bare. It was suggested it was compacted soil and I should use an aerator. So it's almost time to reseed and aerate . The local hire shop has powered Aerator for £81.90 a day +VAT. So it's quite pricey. The machine itself is supposed to be for large lawns, sports fields etc. It sounds overkill to me but they don't have a smaller one except a manual one. From what I've read manual aren't that good as they don't remove the cores from the soil, so the compact it around the holes. Here's a couple of pictures of my lawn. In the first you can see that the neighbours on the right have a good lawn so I guess it must be possible where I live. And in the second you can see how it doesn't grow at all around the path, in that very shady spot. It's a north facing garden so I'm concerned it's a shady thing too. So, any advice? Is the powered aerator suitable? Should I use a manual instead? I was planning on reseeding with a mix of normal and shady grass seed. Any tips most welcome. Thanks.