Yard Butler IM-7C Spike Aerator
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- Four 3-inch spikes penetrate and loosen compacted soil
- Spike aeration loosens soil and thatch to let air, water and fertilizer down to the roots
- Spike aeration also stimulates root growth by separating the roots
- Your lawn will look better with less water and fertilizer
- Lifetime warranty
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About Yard Butler
Tough, Sustainable, Innovative and Built For Life: the values that form the core of our vision devoted to connecting people with the earth. Yard Butler tools help people work with the land sustainably while helping stoke gardeners’ passions for their yards and gardens. Our primary mission is to design products that make it easier and more satisfying for you to fulfill your gardening dreams. Everyone knows that the right tool makes the job easier. Now, more than ever, we can say, 'There’s a tool for that!'
Yard Butler’s roots stretch back over 60 years to my father, Jim Wright, who was a lifelong gardener and the original Yard Butler. Jim got his start tending the family’s 'Victory Garden' during WWII. Throughout his thousands of hours weeding, hoeing, tilling and planting, he was always looking for a better way to get the job done. Yard Butler honors Dad’s original vision to produce the highest quality innovative solutions for most common yard and gardening tasks. Our tools are built to work and to last. We share the planet and we welcome all who share our love of the land and who believe that we can elevate our spirits by digging in the soil.
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Our Manual Lawn Spike Aerator has four 3-inch spikes penetrate and loosen compacted soil. Spike aeration loosens soil and thatch to let air, water and fertilizer down to the roots. Spike aeration also stimulates root growth by separating the roots. Your lawn will look better with less water and fertilizer. For best results water your yard thoroughly before aerating. Works well in rocky, highly compacted, root-bound or very sticky soil, such as due to high clay content. Yard Butler guarantees all Yard Butler tools for life against any defects in manufacturing or materials.
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After reading some reviews, I followed some key advice:
1. Water your lawn first! I set up a sprinkler in the morning and let it go for about an hour and a half. Then I let the water settle into the soil and started aerating later that afternoon. Don't expect this aerator to work on your lawn if it hasn't rained in weeks and you have not watered your lawn.
2. Soak the coring tips in a bucket of water when you're done using it for the day. This will prevent soil from drying out inside the tips and plugging things up.
I followed these two tips and this aerator did exactly what I needed it to do. I'd highly recommend it over renting a big machine to aerate a small to medium lawn.
I've used this product twice on my front yard. Once in April 2014 and again in March 2016.
One of the tines has started to bend. It seems like the weld joint has partially failed. I plan to tack it back in place and fill it but I wanted to post photos before I do so.
If your yard is bigger than mine you probably want to pursue a faster option.
This tool works very well for small yards without the hassles of power equipment. The price is fantastic.
Tip: Clean all of the soil out of both of the bores once finished.
My experience with it has generally been favorable, but I have had to learn how to use it on my lawn. When I first used it, the soil was very hard even after rain, and the aerator would only pull out plugs of 1/2 inch or so long. I did what I could. Then when it got wet again a few days later, the soil would be softer to a little deeper level and I used the aerator again to pull out some longer plugs. After about 3 iterations of this, the soil started getting soft and wet much deeper. It has been a fairly dramatic change in some areas. I now look for small areas that are still hard and aerate them. The soil is functioning reasonably well now and the lawn looks much better. Doing some aeration every few days is easier for me than making it a larger, less frequent job.
The aerator works well when the soil has just the right moisture. If it is too wet, the aerator pushes the soil aside and does not cut plugs. If it is too dry, the aerator is hard to use and frequently gets clogged and has to be cleaned out. Spraying lubricant did not help for me.
I’m giving it 4 stars not 5 because one side tends to clog much more frequently than the other. I have examined it carefully and cannot see a reason for this. Apparently it is some subtle manufacturing difference. I have experimented to verify that it is not due to my technique in using it.
My yard is reasonably small so it only took me 30 minutes to do the whole thing. If you have a large yard I'd plan to use this for a spot treatment or to hire a service.
So far my lawn is looking healthy and the old cores have almost completely broken down. I'll probably plan to do this once in the fall and once in the spring.
Update: the first season I used this aerator it worked perfectly. The next two seasons it has been far less effective. I've waited for a deep rain each time I've tried to use it but now mud is packed into the cores. I've used a metal spike to clear the packed clay but usually I get only one or two steps before it's clogged again. It's ended up serving more as a spike aerator but that doesn't help with the compaction in my lawn. Perhaps the cores need to be larger but regardless, I've been less impressed with this aerator lately.