The Best Aerators of 2011
By Danny Wong
, last updated July 20, 2011
If you desire a lush and healthy garden that will draw the envy of your neighbors, it is very important to aerate your lawn or backyard before a major growing season with one of the best aerators of 2011. When the soil of your lawn becomes too compacted, often due to the weight of people walking over it, it hinders the root system of your plants from absorbing nutrients effectively. By aerating and thus loosening the soil, it will allow the root system to grow and expand. This will allow the lawn to take in more oxygen, water, nutrients and organic fertilizers far more effectively. This will lead to the healthy growth of the lawn or garden. The benefits of aeration are clear.
However, how does one go about choosing the best aerators that will provide the finest results? There are many different lawn aerators on the market. The two principle types are manual aerators and power aerators. The manual aerators are more accessible to homeowners and come in two types, spike or hollow-tine. With so many options it can be a staggering task for any homeowner to decide which aerator to purchase. Therefore, to assist in your decision, we have rounded up the best aerators available in 2011.
Agri-Fab 40 inch Lawn Aerator
One of the best aerators we have come across is the Agri-Fab 40 inch Lawn Aerator. Agri-Fab is a trusted brand known for quality parts and superior performance and their 40 inch aerator does not fail to live up to its name. This aerator utilizes both a spike and hollow-tine plug design for greater efficiency. The Agri-Fab 40 inch Lawn Aerator is also reasonably well priced thus making it a true value. The only downside of this particular aerator is that it may be time-consuming to put together. However, once you put in the effort to build it, it will be your garden’s new best friend.
Craftsman 48 inch Universal Plug Aerator
Craftsman is also another brand that is a major player in the lawn maintenance industry. Their 48 inch universal plug aerator is a manual aerator. It is a hollow-tine design which removes ¾ inch diameter plugs in the soil thereby allowing the soil to loosen. It has weight trays that can support up to 100lbs of additional weigh. The aerator also features 24 heavy gauge galvanized points and a 10” x 4” pneumatic wheel for smoother transportation. It is very easy to use and efficient at breaking down the soil so your lawn can breathe and grow. You would not be disappointed with this purchase.
Yard Butler D-6C Core Lawn Aerator
The Yard Butler D-6C is a much simpler manual aerator. It is a spike aerator that has a strong resin coating with steel construction for great durability. It also has a core punch tube that removes soil as you use it. This reduces soil compaction, thereby reducing the formation of puddles and water runoff. This also allows oxygen, water and nutrients to get deep down into the roots. It is especially effective at breaking down thatch. Another bonus is that the Yard Butler is far lighter and cheaper than its competitors and requires little assembly. However, the downside is that it may be more labor intensive, but the hard work will truly pay off.