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Best Manual Lawn Aerators

Updated December 2018
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    If you are truly interested in keeping your lawn healthy, you'll want to try aerating. Aerating is a process that puts little holes in your yard to allow water, air, and nutrients to more easily penetrate the soil to reach the roots of your grass. With a manual tool, you can aerate in one of two ways. For loamy soil, a spiked aerator is fine. In clay soil, you'll want a coring aerator that actually removes tiny shafts of soil. For either type of aerating, you need a durable tool that will hold up under heavy-duty use. An aerator with longer spikes or cores is better, and a design that allows you to apply your full body weight to the tool works best.

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