The major advantage of a tow aerator is that they are typically wider than most other kinds of aerators and can get the job done fast. Most tow behind aerators attach to a mower or riding lawnmower. The best kind are core aerators and you can add extra weights, like large cement blocks to make them heavier. Because they are wider they are a little harder to maneuver. Another advantage is they are cheaper to buy than most other rolling aerators. Lastly they are very versatile. You can often aerate and over seed or fertilize at the same time.
How does aerating with one benefit my lawn?
Aerating with a tow behind aerator keeps your lawn greener and reduces the cost of watering by:
1) Improving drainage and reducing run off.
2) Reducing soil compacting and increasing root development
3) Reducing the chances of damage due to a drought.
4) Helping to cut harmful thatch build up.
5) Allowing air, water, and nutrients direct access to the root system.
6) Lawn aeration helps with fertilizing and over seeding.
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When should I aerate using a Tow Behind Aerator?
For Spring Aeration the ideal window is March to the end of June. The very best time to aerate your lawn is usually in April or in late September. In the Fall it is September to October.The ‘perfect time’ to aerate a lawn may change according to location. If the ground is to soft, it isn’t a good time. If the ground is too hard it will need watering for about an hour before hand to get the best results. Lawn aerated on a regular basis produced better plugs. Most importantly, aerating with a tow behind aerator on a regular basis can act as a turf builder. Using tow aerators softens the soil, which helps roots grow larger, which in turn softens the soil. (allowing the roots to grow even more.)
How do I use a Tow aerator?
Steps to use a tow behind aerator are as follows:
1) Attach tow aerator to tractor or riding lawnmower.
2) Fill aerator with weight. Tow Aerators are made heavier either by adding a lead weight, water or sand.
3) Test pull aerator to make sure it is going to desired depth.
4) Aerate lawn
5) Clean out tines using water, (make sure to dislodge dirt and small rocks)
Why buy a tow behind aerator rather than rent?
In the long run, buying a tow behind aerator is a lot less expensive than buying mechanical lawn aerator. Tow behind range in price from $100 to $700 versus $2000 to $6000 for the other. Even if you choose to rent, aerators cost $80 to $110 dollars to rent for a single day. When buying a tow aerator, it doesn’t take long for your savings to really add up. If you already have a tractor or riding lawn mower, they are a great way to upgrade the capabilities of you ring.
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What’s the difference between a tow behind core aerator and a tow behind plug aerator?
There is not a lot of difference between these tow aerators. Cores and plugs are the same thing. A core can refer the whole and the plug where a plug only refers to itself.