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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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|Item Dimensions||36.25 x 8.25 x 1.75 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.1 pounds|
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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Second time: I watered my lawn thoroughly before aerating the second time. I found that "wetter is better". It was easier, I used less effort, and it went much faster.
I leave it in a bucket of water with a few drops of dish soap (to keep the mosquitos out of the water) whenever I leave it sitting for more than a few minutes. The coating on the tubes wears off pretty quickly, and it already has some surface rust on the business end. I'm sure if I clean it well and shoot it with some oil after the last use it should store fine until I need it again.
The handle is a bit more flexible on this than on the tool with the 4 solid spikes. I don't know why they did that. I find that if I stomp it in, then rock it a little back and forth and/or side to side, I can get it to sink all the way into the soil mist of the time, and pull out nice neat cores.
It is quite a work out. Don't expect to do too much each day, trust me.
If your soil is heavily compacted. Water the crap out of it, the tool works better with wet soil. My lawn was so wet in spots when I did it the second time that I could occasionally punch full-length holes by simply leaning on the tool.
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.