Whats simpliest way to aerate?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Whitaker24, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Only think I own is a zero turn mower. Do they pull along do that great a job at home depot ect? U just want to punch a hole in the top correct? or is there something else I could try? I saw shoes with spikes on them would that work?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    The spiked shoes don't do a very good job.

    If you are a homeowner than just a simple Agri-Fab type pull behind will work. Just make sure you use plenty of weight to get it to penetrate.

    If you are a professional, then that's a different story.
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    HAHA I was planning to make a joke about the spiked shoes...

    There's really no "Easy" way to aerate, it's a tough job to do it right. Spike aerators, push or pull behind do nothing benificial for the soil or lawn. Don't even know why they sell them, other than they are cheap to build and most people don't know better...

    A walk behind aerator, that pulls plugs, is usually the nest option. If you have a really large lawn that's mostly flat, a pull beind type will do well, IF it's a decent one. The agri-fab ones, and similar, pull very small diameter plugs, if they pull them at all, and are spaced so far between that you need to make a minimum of 2 passes, or 3, to equal that of one pass of a walk behind. Some rental places may have a bluebird or Ryan pull behind, you will get much better results. You will need a larger zero turn, but a lawn tractor would be preferred, to pull them. Something like a toro timecutter or similar isn't going to do well.
  4. sd night train

    sd night train LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    The thing to remember if you have an easily compacted clay soil is that spike shoes or anything that doesnt remove a core is simply compacting your soil more than it was before while putting holes in your lawn....dont bother aerating unless you are removing cores...this way your lawn can soak up more water and give the dirt some breathing room which will help your lawn thrive
  5. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    The first aerating job I ever did was with those stupid aerating sandals. The grass just exploded out of the ground with rich color and growth.

    My neighbors came over and asked, "What did you do to get that color?"

    The sandals worked so well I went out and bought a Brinley 48" pull behind and loaded it up with a 270 pound barbell to penetrate my compacted, clay lot. Made 3 passes and pulled out 2 1/2 inch cores.

    Sold my whole neighborhood on the benefits of core aeration. Hell even the spike aeration helped on my compacted clay yard.
  6. SeedPro

    SeedPro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,030

    The simplest way is to hire a professional with the right equipment and have him do it.
  7. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Same here, I got a pair of those sandals when I was like 10 years old mowing neighborhood lawns, my dad bought them to try on our lawn, then I took them up & down the block and it actually had some decent results, damn near busted my a*s a few times though. Now i use a bluebird walkbehind aerator, its one of my least favorite things to do, but it works great
  8. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    Yeah, I use my old Ryan as a trim unit. I can't wait to pay cash for a big TurfCo TurnAer 6. That video is so cool with the sulky.

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you would try a lawn solutions walking machine or rider you wouldn't even consider the turfco!
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  10. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Spiked shoes? WOW I can't even believe they make something so ridiculous. So some of you guys actually bought them? How much money did you throw down the crapper for them? I am amazed everytime I am on this site.

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