Product Type: Parasene Garden Machinery
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Parasene Hollow Tine Aerator
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Parasene Hollow Tine Aerator
Date: 26/08/11, updated on 13/11/12 (159 review reads)
Advantages: Strong design and easy to use
Disadvantages: Costs more than some other designs..
I grew up with my parents practically living in the garden, where they would spend all their spare time nurturing their garden, attending to flowers and plants, cutting, trimming and treating the lawns and the trees, and fighting a constant battle with the algae in the pond. I would often say to them that I could not understand why they spent so much of their free time in the garden, and swore that I would never be the same!
When I first got my house, I was intent on having a basic lawn, with a couple of pots so that it would be very low maintenance, and easy to keep. As the years have ticked by though, I have gradually morphed into my parents (not just with the balding head), in terms of my love for my garden, and I am finding that I spend more and more time in there each year to keep it looking as good as I can. When I visit my parents now, I always get talking to them about gardening, trying to find out their tips and secrets to a good lawn, and it was just this springtime when we got talking about Aerators.
The problem that I had with my lawn was moss!
It had started in a small patch in a shaded area by the fence, and gradually taken over about a third of my lawn! My dad instantly said that it needed and aerator or scarifier on it. I had previously kind of inherited my grandma's old aerator, and had tried to use it a few times, but found it useless, so stopped using it and gave it to the rag and bone man. It was very old and rusty, but the problem I had was that it was a roller type, and as such the spikes would not sink into the ground at all, so it wasn't really doing anything. My dad told me that he had seen some good ones (of a different style) in our local garden centre on offer, and so a few days later I went to get one.
Just from looking at the Parasene Hollow Tine Aerator I instantly knew that this was going to do a far better job of getting stuck into my lawn than my old rusty roller aerator did. I paid £18:99 for it, reduced from £24:99, and it must be my most useful and successful garden purchase of all time.
My dad had explained to me why these things were so good, but I was a little skeptical about it. I had always thought they were just used to put a bit of air into the lawn, and to a degree that is primarily what they do.
The idea of an aerator (or scarifier as they are sometimes known) is to press numerous hollow spikes vertically into the lawn which basically creates a series of deep (8-10 cm) holes in the ground. As the spikes go into the ground, they cut a hole in the soil, taking out a section of soil which is eventually pushed out of the top of the aerator. The purpose of this (like I mentioned above) is that it creates a hole in the soil to allow air to get down into the soil and stops it from becoming too waterlogged. Secondly, it allows the water from the surface to drain away, which in turn reduces the damp conditions on the surface that are the main cause of the dreaded moss!
My house was only built about 6 years ago, as part of a large estate of houses by Persimmon builders, and it has to be said that when I laid the turf down, the soil (if that is what you can call it) under the thin layer of top soil that I added to sit the turf on was more like clay. This has meant that any rain that falls on my lawn doesnt really have anywhere to drain to, as the clay keeps it on the surface, which makes perfect conditions for moss to breed. The areator is therefore used to combat this problem.
The Parasene hollow tine aerator is just like the one shown in the picture above. It almost looks like a kind of walking frame, and is constructed from a strong metal with dimensions of 900 mm high by 300 mm wide, which is green in colour and is powder coated to help to stop it from rusting.
At the bottom of the framework there are 5 evenly spaced hollow spikes (or tines as they are called), and each one of these tines is 100 mm long. Above the tines there is a metal bar which is used to press onto with your foot (or feet if the ground is extremely hard) which in turn pushes the tines into the ground, and creates the holes. The framework can then be pulled back out of the ground, and the whole process repeated about a pace away untill the whole garden has been aerated.
~~~~~ My opinion of the Parasene Hollow Tine Aerator ~~~~~
If I was to compare this aerator to my previous one, there would be no competition at all. I suspect that the same can be said for most other roller style aerators mainly due to the design. Yes the roller ones are a lot easier to use, but do they actually penetrate the ground more than a few mm's? It is so difficult to get the pressure required on the shaft of the roller to get the spikes deep into the ground.
The design of the Parasene aerator is superb in comparison, as the frame design gets the users whole body weight above the tines. The design also works great when it comes to storage, as it just hangs on a hook flat against the wall in my shed, as opposed to a bulky roller style aerator which takes up quite a bit more room.
I have used my Parasene Aerator on my lawn several times now, and there is a marked improvement to the moss. It thinned out very quickly, and is now almost gone completely. On top of this the drainage has improved a lot, which makes hanging out the washing a lot cleaner job on a dryer lawn. I suppose this should be the result of any good aerator or scarifier though?
What I really like about the Parasene aerator is the build quality. It is really sturdy and strong making it more than capable of holding my weight each time I stand on the framework to press the tines into the ground. The framework works well enabling you to hold on well as pressure is applied to the metal foot bar, and it is easy to grip onto to pull it back out of the ground again (giving it a bit of a wobble or shake as you do so helps to get it out easier).
Although my aerator is less than 6 months old, and has only been used a handful of times, it does still look like new, and I suspect that it will stand the test of time very well indeed.
My advice when using this (or any other aerator) is to make sure you wear some good strong footwear to protect the feet against any possible 'mis-aiming' of the tines - preferably metal toe capped but certainly not flip-flops! Also I guess it is fairly obvious that these things are much easier to use on a wet lawn (regardless of design), as the tines do go into the ground a lot easier when the ground is soft. If the soil is dry and hard it is difficult to get the tines to go very deep into the ground, and so it is well worth waiting for a good spell of rain before setting about the task of aerating the garden.
It is a time consuming task, and takes quite a bit of effort, but it is well worth it based on the results I have seen in my garden, and if anyone is considering buying an Aerator I would recommend spending a few extra pound to get a deent one like the Parasene Hollow Tine Aerator.
Highly recommended by me.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
Summary: A great garden tool, which for a reasonable price can vastly improve the lawn
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