Aerators counter compaction of the soil. I would think it would be very beneficial in hard clay soil, though I don't have that problem myself. The plug aerators are tapered so that the plug easily pops out of the back end, I have more problems with small rocks getting stuck in them than soil.I hope this doesn't sound stupid, but I'm not really sure just what a Aerator does. I know that it makes holes in the ground and assume it's to let air into the ground. I live in upstate NY and have clay soil. My lawn grows fast and the grass is thick. My sod is about 3" thick. I have seen the Aerators with just the spikes and then ones that have hloes and takes (plugs?) out of the ground. With having clay for my soil, in the srping when it rains, the lawn stays wet longer. In the summer if it's dry, the ground gets so hard, you can see the cracks in the ground in the bare spots. My question is, do you guys that have and use Aerators see what benefit a Aerator would be for my lawn and if so, what type. With the clay packing really hard the way it does, I would think the Aerator types that removes the plugs would just fill up and not work properly. I hope I haven't been too confusing.
Hello,So last weekend I'm grunting along with a rented beast of an aerator while my 2320 was sitting in the garage itching to tackle this job. My question:.has anyone managed to convert one of the Lowes or Home depot pull behing plug aerators to a 3 point hitch version? If so .pictures would be welcomed.Thanks
Just like the golf courses! The spike aerators just don't open things up enough, nor deep enough. Certainly is better than nothing, though!Another trick we do when we are using the plug style aerator is once we're done aerating we get a load of sand or sand topsoil mix and rake and fill in the holes with that. My back yard was mostly clay fill. Makes a world of difference. Helps with the compaction issue and lets the water get to the roots easier as well as the nutrients form the top soil to the roots. Have a greener, healthier looking lawn. Probably would work with the spike style aerators, just use less sand/top soil to fill in the voids left by the spikes.
Yes.that was me..thanks for the reply.....did you fab up the 3PT yourself?Was it a kit or did you get it off another implement?Here is a simple trial setup that worked well enough that I am in no hurry to change it. Would like to clean it up when it reaches the top of the priority list. Hopefully before fall aerating time.
As you can see, I simply bolted a sleeve hitch adapter to the tongue of the Agri-Fab wheeled 48 inch plug aerator, bolted a heavy piece of channel, ( angle would do) to the tray for down pressure, and a brace to the top of the sleeve hitch. Just pieces of scrap laying around!
Removed the wheels and the lift lever. All is such that it can be easily reassembled to original.
The sleeve hitch adapter was one that I had bent up when I bent the beam on an 8 inch mold board plow in blue clay down by my creek.Yes.that was me..thanks for the reply.....did you fab up the 3PT yourself?Was it a kit or did you get it off another implement?
JDF, are you mixing all three at the same time? Take it the Lime and Fertilizer doesn't harm the seed? Is it a 1:1:1 mix?sarge,
Golf courses aerate twice a year for good reason. I use a plug aerator here in our CT clay and they work great, you just have to plan your aerating around the right combo of moisture. I used to aerate twice a year as the golf courses do, but now I just aerate in the fall, put down fertilizer, seed, and lime at the same time and the lawn looks better and better each year!