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What does a tractor aerator do?

Every type of lawn aerator creates small holes in the ground so that water, fertilizer, and air can reach the roots of the grass and improve growth and health. Plug aerators are handheld or towed behind a lawn tractor and use hollow tines to remove plugs of soil. They are best for clay soils.

Do lawn tractor aerators work?

When properly weighted and designed with spoons vs spikes, pull behind aerators can be very effective at removing cores of soil to decrease compaction and allow for backfilling with nutrient-rich matter such as compost. They are a great solution for large yards when attached behind a riding mower.

How deep should you aerate your lawn?

The holes are typically 1.5 to 6 inches deep (more on what depth we recommend below) and the holes are 2 to 5 inches apart. So, what exactly does aeration do? It allows for air circulation at the root level of your lawn. This provides the optimal soil condition for healthy grass and growth.

What’s better plug or spike aerator?

Plug aerators are usually more effective at relieving compaction in lawns with a heavy clay soil since the solid tines used on spike aerators compact the clay soil further when they push into the ground. Soils that crumble easily are usually high in loam and sand which benefit more from the use of a spike aerator.

What is power raking a lawn?

Power raking removes excess organic debris from the lawn. Aerating is meant to reduce soil compaction and improve grass root development.

What kind of aerator do I need for my Tractor?

For smaller compact tractors there is the XTreme Duty Lawn Core Aerator. Each of the 6 wheels has 8 tines that can be easily replaced. This aerator is smaller version of the Alternating Depth Lawn Plugger.

Is there a 3 point hitch lawn aerator?

3 point Hitch Lawn Aerator, Core Plugger. Because of weight being a big factor in tractor aerators the newly improved 3 Point Hitch Lawn Aerator (core plugger) has a hollowed out drum that has been filled and sealed with sand. You should avoid water filled drums that are prone to crack in cold tempetures.

How big of a plug can a tractor aerator pull out?

You should avoid water filled drums that are prone to crack in cold tempetures. With the extra weight this tractor aerator can still pull out 3-4 inch dirt plugs in dry and harden lawns. It’s also available in various sizes.

What does it mean to aerate a lawn?

Aeration refers to the extent of air gaps in soil. Aeration commonly refers to the process of using mechanized equipment to either puncture the soil with spikes (spike aeration) or remove approximately 1″ X 2″ cores of soil from the ground (core aeration).