Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 22
Rated 4 out of 5Â by madhatter26 Great and cheap
This is a very well made product and stood the test of my large yard easily. Great product and quick. However, it took about two hours to complete my yard because of its small size. About 30 minutes into the effort I realized what might have worked much better would have been to use two of these and "walk" on them, one under each foot. I just might buy a second one and try it.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Maximizese My grass is back to being green and lush
I was a little skeptical about the need to aerate, but I thought I'd give it a try. I have about 6,500 sq ft of lawn to tend and I noticed some patches of grass which were developing thick and dry layers of thatch (looks kind of like crab-grass/weeds). The soil around the area was dry and hard so I figured more coffee grounds and water was needed. After a month of no results, I decided to look into an aerator. I didn't want to buy something that over $50 that might not yield results and I didn't want something that would take up space in storage. I decided to go with this manual aerator spike and got to work.
I mentally divided my lawns in 6 sections and did about 10 minutes of aerating a day, followed by coffee ground sprinkling, and finally watering the lawn to liquify the nutrients down to the roots via the 3" holes created by the aerator. Two weeks later, my lawn is springy and lush with dark green grass.
September 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Novice Good purchase
Needed to aerate some bare patches. This tool worked very well. Good buy for the money. Didn't need to spend more.
September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by LobsterMan A good tool worth owning
I purchased both the Hound Dog Spike Aerator (HDP37) and the Hound Dog Coring Aerator (HDP35).
I understand that they perform similar - but different - tasks. Arguably, the Spike Aerator (HDP37) compacts the soil as it creates holes which is counter-intuitive to the idea of aeration. Whereas the Coring Aerator (HDP35) is the "proper" tool.
PRACTICALLY SPEAKING, here is how they compare:
The Spike Aerator (HDP37) is very easy to use. It requires less force (from your foot) to operate and there are no operational issues. It is a very simple tool. It does "compact" the soil as the spikes penetrate the ground but as the spikes are pulled out the top 1 inch or soil is disturbed so some soil is brought to the surface, which is good. I suspect that the Spike Aerator (HDP37) can be used often and at anytime of year.
The Coring Aerator (HDP35) is more difficult to use. It requires more force (from your foot) to operate and the cores tend to get stuck. Perhaps the right combination of moisture is required. But, when it does work it does bring up plugs and create little holes, which is all good. I suspect that the Coring Aerator (HDP35) should only be used in the spring and/or fall as per your grass type.
Bottom line, there is room for both in my shed.
March 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mike Easy to use.
This product is cheap solution for aerating small areas. I think an improvement would be to make the stabs hollow allowing it to leave a true void in the earth.
June 7, 2014