How does a 56 year old grandmother aerate and reseed for a beautiful lawn all by herself?
Well, I am gonna tell you! With a Mantis XP that’s how!
Just look at these tines! Aren’t they awesome? I called Mantis and professed my love and they generously sent me these aerating tines for my Mantis XP
(All the opinions in the article are my own)
Mantis is one of those brands that I can wholeheartedly and with great enthusiasm recommend to you!
Because I have owned one for over ten years and use it all the time.
Like for Digging my Landscape and Planting a Backyard Garden.
In fact, I don’t know what DIY home owners do without this tiller.
Before Mantis, I could not even dig a hole to plant flowers.
I had to wait until my husband had time to do it.
With my Mantis, I can dig to my hearts content…
I can edge my sidewalk and natural areas…
I can till my garden…
and I can aerate and reseed my entire yard…
ALL BY MYSELF!
I mean look at this thing. I can lift it and take it where I need it. The tines are so easy to switch out, just slide them on and secure with a pin.
and ladies, I can actually crank this tiller without having to take ibuprofen the next day!
Isn’t that exciting?
It cranks sooo easily and every time!
We are all cranked and ready to go. All you have to do is walk backwards and pull the Mantis while the tines do their thing!
It’s that easy!
It is also a great workout for your legs and arms!
The other thing that I like about the slicing method is that there are no plugs laying around the yard to step on and track around.
In this picture, the right side has been aerated. No big ole mess, but a slice for air and rain to gather, seeds to grow deep roots and fertilize to settle in.
Here is an area that had no grass. You can really see the slices here.
There are a lot of technical reasons for aerating, but to me it just makes common sense.
I mean you wouldn’t really expect your garden to grow if you just went out and threw some seeds on top of the ground right?
Fall is the very best time to reseed. It stays pretty warm here in TN up until October. I always wait for a good soaking rain before I aerate. In my experience, it does no good to do this in the spring. The grass will come up beautifully and then it will fry during the summer months. So, depending on your climate, aerating and reseeding could be done anywhere from late August to November.
So if you are still wondering why I am aerating and reseeding?
There are several reasons:
I love the look of new grass coming up in the spring. It is just so pretty.
It is the best way to get rid of weeds.
By doing it myself, I save hundreds of dollars.
It;s good exercise…
and it gives me a reason to use my Mantis!