I lust over one of these:
This is the kind of aerator that is towed behind a lawn tractor, with some cinder blocks or other weights on the ledge to help the tines dig in. So far, I have not been able to justify the expense for something that will spend 364.5 days per year stuffed in the back of the shed. I rented one once, but the rental place near me no longer offers one.
In the mean time I have these:
These are sandals with nail-like protrusions on the bottom that strap over your shoes. I've used these each of the last couple years across my small suburban yard. I am finding I have the following challenges with these sandals:
- Keeping them on. Even when I bear down on the straps as hard as I can, they still seem to slip off every fourth step or so. I can usually wiggle my shoe back into place, but sometimes I have to sit down and re-strap them. Walking duck-toed seems to reduce the problem, but see item #4.
- Keeping my balance. The first time I tried these, I stumbled a few times. I then added a hiking staff and it helped a lot. Like with #1, walking duck-toed helps at the expense of #4.
- Ensuring good coverage. I take short steps and follow a zig-zag path across the yard, using things like trees, fence posts, and the corners of structures as landmarks to keep in line. However, there is still a fair distance between steps, and probably between each zig and zag, that does not get covered. I know I don't need to puncture every single inch, but I wonder if I am getting enough.
- After effects. I am just old enough to have entered the wonderful world of arthritis. For three or four days after my latest foray with these sandals- taking high steps and walking duck-toed the whole time- my poor hips and knees were screaming at me. Even though I only needed about 90 minutes to criss-cross my quarter-acre, that was enough to keep the makers of Naproxen in business for a while longer.
Has anyone else experienced similar issues? How have you adapted and overcome?