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Spike or Core Aerator?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Lawn Boy Pro, Oct 4, 2003.

  1. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you guys think?
     
  2. longslawn

    longslawn LawnSite Member
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  3. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    A core airator will cultivate 1/3 more sufface area than a conventional solid tyne.

    So go the core mate.
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
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    core
     
  5. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    whats the spike good for? Im thinking core for spring time, spike if soil is really compacted in mid-summer. Correct me if im wrong?
     
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I feel that spike is kind of pointless, it's almost like a quick fix
     
  7. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Don't Know ???

    Never used spikes but thats pretty locgical conclusion I think.

    Seems like the spikes would penertrate harder surfaces with greater ease.
     
  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    spikes are useless and cause more compaction. Use nothing but core.
     
  9. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Think about it....where does the soil go when the spike enters the ground????? It pushes everything aside....this equals compaction. The core aerator lifts the core out of the ground.
     
  10. discrete1

    discrete1 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 8

    you mainly spike to break up hard pan soil so air and water can flow into the ground. coring relieves compaction.
     

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