Aeration Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The LawnSmith, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. The LawnSmith

    The LawnSmith LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    What are your thoughts on a core or plug aerator versus spike aerator? Are there different reasons to use a spike aerator or core aerator? If not, which is best?
  2. theturfsurfer

    theturfsurfer LawnSite Member
    from mtka,MN
    Messages: 102

    My understanding of the differences are a core aerator helps relive soil compaction as well as allowing air, water and nutrients to get down to the roots. A spike aerator only helps with getting stuff to the roots, not very effective with soil compaction.
  3. Precision PLC

    Precision PLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Speaking of aerators,after you use a plug aerator do you rake the plugs up or do you just leave them?I f you do clean them up what is the best way to do so? "sorry to hijack your thread" :help
  4. launboy

    launboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 273

    why clean up the plugs let them sit there. they will break down. i think ther only way to pick those up is by hand, skrew that
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    spike aerators are a cheap alternative to core aerators, however there is evidence to show that long term use can lead to a parched water table in native soils. Pulling plugs is the best way, as the plugs get broken up they refill the core holes loosely allowing air/gas exchange.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Spike aerators are pretty useless IMO. Leave the plugs too btw.
  7. The LawnSmith

    The LawnSmith LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Thanks for the info. I have been using a spike aerator for the past two years, and have seen the plug/core aerators, but never really knew if there was much of a difference between them. Just trying to gain some knowledge here.

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