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Old 05-13-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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Get earth worms. They do the aerating for you.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:50 AM
 
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A pitch fork would probably be a better tool choice.
It looks like this is a good choice. I have a pointed wooden stick left by the previous owners and looks like the stick from a manual-edger. Not to sound cheap but will that work?
Looks like the pitch fork seems like a good tool though.
Thank you!
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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Get one of these: Dual Plug Lawn Coring Aerator | Lawn Care Products | Gardener's Edge

You want something that is going to pull plugs of soil out of the ground. It will be time consuming but will work for 700 square feet.
I looked into this and wanted to get this. But on amazon,lowes,home-depot..the reviews were bad and mentioned that the frame bent when trying to use it just after 1 use.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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On a completely different note, what sprinkler system with a timer is good? Correct me if I am wrong but if I have a external timer on a hose set for once a week for 15 minutes. Regardless, I will need to open the valve and keep it and let the timer do it's job right?
My confusion is what will turn the off the water after the 15 minutes as I don't want pressure to build-up and burst the pipes when the timer is off. Hope that made sense. Thoughts on this?
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I looked into this and wanted to get this. But on amazon,lowes,home-depot..the reviews were bad and mentioned that the frame bent when trying to use it just after 1 use.
I have one with two prongs that I bought at Lowe's around ten years ago. I've used mine several times a year and it is not bent. I don't know it the ones Lowe's currently sells are the same brand.
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:36 AM
 
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I have one with two prongs that I bought at Lowe's around ten years ago. I've used mine several times a year and it is not bent. I don't know it the ones Lowe's currently sells are the same brand.
Will give it a shot, thank you!
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:09 AM
 
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You want to use a SPADING FORK not a PITCH FORK.

A spading fork has four thick strong tines and is intended to lift and break up soil. A pitch fork has three or four long sharp tines, not very strong, and is intended for moving loose hay. A spading fork usually has a D handle and a pitch fork usually has a straight handle.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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You want to use a SPADING FORK not a PITCH FORK.
Good catch.

I did mean a spading fork of course...
but the terms do get used interchangeably.
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Old 05-17-2017, 06:07 AM
 
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It looks a spading fork is what I will be going for. The manual aerator(Lowes/Home depot brands) seems to have issues with one hole getting clogged all the time.
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