5 TYPES OF SOIL AERATORS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR LAWN

5 TYPES OF SOIL AERATORS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR LAWN

Date:  30th March 2015
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As a homeowner, one of the things you will definitely be interested in is how to make sure that your lawn grows in a healthy manner. In order to do this, there is a lot you might need to do for it, including ensuring that the grass roots get enough air.

The logic behind this is simple. The roots of a plant are some of the most metabolically active. They need to generate energy constantly in order to absorb nutrients and water from the soil. The only way they can generate this energy is by making use of oxygen. If they are deprived of it, they will not function normally, and the plant will die even if it’s growing in very nutritious soil.

Using aerators can help you improve the air circulation in the soil. There are different types of such devices you can get, including:

Hand aerators

These are usually considered the most basic form of soil aerators. As the name suggests, they are hand held devices that are used to disturb the top surface of the soil, making it easier for air to get to the deeper parts of the soil. They are usually very cheap, but are only useful for aerating small patches of land since they require a lot of effort to use. They come in a variety of designs, making it easy for you to find one that will fit your needs.

Aerator shoes

These are basically shoes that have a number of spikes of a few inches long at the bottom. They are usually designed in such a manner that you can wear them over your normal shoes, and then walk around the lawn to puncture the soil and aerate it. These types of aerators should be used often to ensure that the aeration of the lawn is maintained. They are usually cheap, and allow you to exercise while aerating the soil at the same time. They are also very easy to use, and you could even buy them for all your family members.

Spike aerators

These are handheld, and have long spikes that you can push into the soil to improve air circulation. They are simple to use, easy to store and cost anywhere between $10 and $600 depending on the design elements you want them to have.

Rolling aerators

If you are interested in efficiently aerating the soil, this is one of the best devices you can use. It comprises a drum on which a number of spikes are attached. To use it, you only need to roll it over the lawn. You can get large rolling aerators to aerate very large tracts of land with ease.

Plug aerators

These types of aerators are designed so that once they are plunged into the soil, they remove a chunk of soil to create the holes. They are considered to be one of the best methods of aeration, since they don’t compact the soil as the rest of the aerators above do.

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