: >: >wrote:
: >: >
: >: >: Mantis has a aerating/dethatching attachment that I'd seriously
: >: >: consider for a smallish lawn... every gardener needs a Mantis, best
: >: >: gardening investment ever... it tills my 50' X 50' vegetable garden
: >: >: more than 8" deep with as much effort as walking a small dog.
: >: >
: >: >I am seriously considering Mantis. At $500 for the tiller, dethatching,
: >: >and aerator package, it is cheaper than other powered options, and
: >: >would be a lot more convenient than any manual options. (Our lawn is
: >: >small, but bodies too are not what they used to be a few decades ago!)
: >: >
: >: >However, my one doubt about aeration is that Mantis attachment appears
: >: >to be "spike" variety, not "coring". IOW it just punches holes rather
: >: >than remove cores. I keep reading that coring aeration is much better.
: >: >
: >: >If you have used both kinds, I would appreciate a comparison, if one is
: >: >really better. Or, we know Mantis would be convenient, but how
: >: >effective it is as an aerator?
: >: If all you have to garden is that small postage stamp sized lawn I
: >: still strongly recommend you contract a lawn service, you will never
: >: amortize the price of a Mantis, a lawn mower, an edger, a blower or
: >: any power lawn tools... won't even pay for you to fuel those... all
: >: you need is a leaf rake (if you have any trees nearby) and a garden
: >: hose (short). If you really want to do it yourself buy a bow rake and
: >: a reel type push mower. I'm serious... a 1,000 sq ft lawn is like a
: >: dozen passes with a manual push mower, less work than vacuuming your
: >: living room, 10 minutes tops... you can mow every day. Geeze, you're
: >: really milking this... fantacizing about your Ponderosa.
: >I have no idea why you insist on ignoring the questions asked and keep
: >giving advice where none is sought. For example, watering or mowing is
: >simply not an issue for us. Similarly, it should not be your concern
: >whether or how I can afford power tools or the fuel.
: >For a variety of reasons related to age, arthritis, etc, I am ok with
: >manual mowing, but less with tilling/cultivating/dethatching. IOW
: >pushing above ground is ok, digging not. So I am considering power
: >tools. That is a function of my health, my interest in gardening, and
: >my budget. None of that should be your concern.
: >However, you have indicated that you own and use Mantis aerator. If in
: >the interest of sharing the experiences we do possess, you (or anyone
: >else) feels like answering the following questions, I'd appreciate
: >that, otherwise please ignore me and move on:
: >1. If you have experience with both spike and core aerators, do you
: >find one to be more effective than the other?
: >2. Setting aside above comparison, is Mantis spike aerator effective in
: >3. As it does not remove cores, what aeration does it accomplish that
: >would not be accomplished by the cultivator function of the tiller?
: >I have attempted to make these questions as direct and clear as English
: >language allows. You'd notice that they do not mention mowing,
: >watering, length of hose, trimming, flushing, raking, blowing, pruning,
: >vacuuming, number of passes, etc., anywhere.
: You were given excellent advice. Anyone querying about a 1,000 sq ft
: lawn acting like they know everything is unquestionably trolling and
: here for no other reason but to bust balls... bye.
I have received as well as given a lot of excellent information over
the 25+ years I have been active in Usenet. Of course, not every
exchange has been or can be positive. So yes, good bye; please do avoid
my threads. :)
To others in the forum: If anyone is in the position to comment on the
issue, I'd greatly appreciate that.