5-6" Aeration

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by csm_274, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. csm_274

    csm_274 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Is there a piece of equipment, or tool, that aerates a lawn deeper than the standard 2-3 inch aerators? I've never seen one, but it seems like a great idea - especially for soil that's heavily compacted.

    Has anyone seem an aerator, or hand tool, that performs this type of deep aeration?
  2. Deltacare  LLC

    Deltacare LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    this company makes them

    they are pretty expensive and most need a tractor. do have a ride on type on the website.
  3. Deltacare  LLC

    Deltacare LLC LawnSite Member
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  4. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,413

    The verti-drain machines are awesome, unfortunately they cost BIG BIG bucks!
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,061

    Sounds like an irrigation system destroyer.

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,480

    Depending on soil moisture, the lawn solutions ride will go that deep. I know because I hit a irrigation system. If you want serious depth on plugs the ride on lawn solutions is your machine.
  7. jnt412

    jnt412 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Why do you need to aerate to China?
  8. karlgrooms

    karlgrooms LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    How big of an area are you talking about??? I have used a spading fork on small areas. It works great and you can control your depth to about eight inches. The down side is it does not pull plugs and is labor intensive.
  9. csm_274

    csm_274 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I have 3-4 areas about 10'x20' in size...along with a handful of smaller areas (i.e. 5'x5'). I have highly compacted soil that's virtually all clay (in some areas...next to no thatch/soil...even on the top). I want to go as deep as possible to loosen things up and to get topdressed soil/compost down in the soil - hoping nature can do it's thing and loosen things up further.

    I've used my handheld aerator on these areas - unfortunately, they only go about 3" deep. I may try to create my own handheld aerator with small pipes and a welder and so on.

    I had hope there was a handheld aerator like this already in existence. Perhaps I was wrong.
  10. jnt412

    jnt412 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    This reminds me of my yard. Three acres of clay and some stone. I aerated to about 3-4". It wasn't near 6" as you requested but I aerated like crazy in the fall. Once the lawn was established I aerated in the spring to almost crazy levels but not like before. Thru the months, the grass clippings will eventually decompose adding nutrients to the soil. Now when I aerate, the soil is softer and the plugs are darker.

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