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May 22, 2007

Lawn Aerator Shoes Review

Category: Garden,Green Reviews,Technology,Tips – Tom Harrison – 9:09 pm

Lawn Aerator shoes work well.

You might call them lawn aerator shoes or aerator sandals or even lawn aeration shoes but the maker of my new Bond Green Giant Spiked ShoesTM did a good thing. I read several reviews of spiked aerator sandals and found mixed reviews.

My review is not mixed: they are good. I paid a whopping $16.99 from Clean Air Gardening for this lawn care equipment, and compared to the cost of pretty much anything else you might use to take care of the grass, this purchase was a bargain. In 15 minutes, I had done a thorough job of our back 40; tomorrow I’ll do the front.

Several of the comments in the reviews I read regarded sandal construction. I found these appear reasonably durable and certainly had no problems nor detected the likelihood of problems in my usage. No spikes bent, none, none fell out and I didn’t feel like this was an incipient problem.

Other comments indicated that the straps are too long (correct, but hey, get a knife, dude) — better than too short. I found that the straps needed to be tightened several times. Neither of these inconveniences outweighs the effort and cost associated with a three hour rental of a Gas Aerator, for $57.00, not to mention … no gas. Or heavy lifting. Or noise.

Several other reviews suggested that you might get a good workout using these aerator sandals. These reviewers either actually had 40 acres of land, or were in really bad shape. Or perhaps they were trying them on astro-turf or something. It’s not a lot of effort, although I will say that we have recently had several days of good rain, which made the lawn quite amenable to being pierced. So, wait until a good rain.

I didn’t use these while mowing; I am not sure if that would actually be a good idea, but then I spent the time walking around the yard while my son shot baskets and we talked about how queer I looked. My wife remarked that I looked “hot” and that this get-up “turned her on”. It’s conceivable she was being sarcastic, although given my hot bicycle-commuting-toned body I find that a bit of a stretch.

Finally a review from Scott’s suggested that the efficacy of spiky lawn aeration equipment is dubious. Spikes do nothing they say, only the plugs of gas aerators will actually work (presumably in conjunction with lots of their fertilization products and strong professional relationships with their good professional landscaper customers). I am no experts, but I see lots of nice holes in the earth, which I think water can get into. They say it can’t — personally, I think it’s them, but that’s just me.

My not fertilized, not watered, not weeded, not anythinged) lawn, now recovering from chemical dependence/neglect, is a haven for earthworms, weed-free and I’m not actually sure it needs aerating, but I did it anyway. All I can say is that my lawn looks better than my neighbors’ in almost every case, and lemme tell ya’, the neighbors tend to put either a lot of effort (using hired landscapers, chemicals, and irrigation systems) or very little. I put in less of all. Mine looks better, snark, snark. So Scott’s can tell me that I need a plug aerator, but I’ll see how my lawn looks in the dog days of summer.

7 Comments

  1. Good for you, Tom. Martin and I stopped worrying about how our lawn looked when compared with the neighbors. We just let it go brown during the summer months. The mulching lawn mowers also really help with keeping the water in the soil.

    And just why would you think that T was being sarcastic? She doesn’t have a sarcastic bone in her body.

    By the way, happy anniversary!

    Comment by Ann — May 25, 2007 @ 1:58 am

  2. Like I said, a motive of sarcasm was a bit of a stretch (given my hot, bicycle-tone body :-)

    Hi Ann! Long time no see — nice to hear from you!

    Comment by Tom Harrison — June 3, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  3. […] hard to say if aerating my lawn by walking over it with spiked plates strapped to my shoes was helpful. It was not hard to do, involved a very small cost for the shoes, and did not result in […]

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  4. I used these before, and I definitely like them.

    Comment by Gargoyle Statues — June 29, 2009 @ 9:59 am

  5. The unit block we live in has synthetic turf but my parents have alot of grass and I know my Dad recommends these.

    Comment by Anita Perth — October 18, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  6. Lawn shoes will definately help to allow water nutients and air through the top layer and down to the roots, which will help develop stronger healthier grass. Where these shoes wont help is relieve compaction if it exists deeper in the soil than the spikes can reach, then a more powerful hollow tine aerator would be needed to relieve lawn compaction.

    Comment by Lawn Treatments Birmingham — April 9, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  7. Yeah, these were one of the first products I checked out. They are probably not that great for most people. However, a tip I learned several years later: set your mower height much higher (2-1/2 to 3 inches) and you’ll mow less, water less, fertilize less and your lawn will not look like a putting green. (If you want your lawn to look like a putting green, you’re in the wrong place :-).

    Tom

    Comment by Tom Harrison — April 9, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

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