A Compost Aerator is a compost tool that you may not think of getting until a month or so after getting your first composter. After the fun or chore of assembling your compost bin and of Â getting into a good routine of using it you get to the stage of having a compost bin filling up with grass clippings, food waste etc.
Filling up your composter is what you wantâ€¦
But filling up means little air or oxygen in the compost bin â€“ which is a problem.
Without oxygen there is no compost â€“ so having a big wodge of garden waste in a composter is not enough â€“ there must be enough oxygen getting to all parts of the compost for the bacteria that make your compost to breathe!
Thatâ€™s why it is my recommendation to get a tumbler composter if you are starting from scratch. Getting air and oxygen into all parts of the compost bin is what Tumblers do best. All in a few twirls every day or so.
But if like me you donâ€™t have a tumbler â€“ and you have a traditional barrel type compost bin you need a tool to help you reach into all parts of the bin and to break up any big clumps of leaves and twigs or kitchen waste.
A compost aerator is designed to be able to reach deep into your compost bin and allow you to punch holes in the compost and mix it up.
You might try a standard garden fork to do this. They are strong enough and long enough to do the job. They might be a tad heavy to do the job and some composters have very small openings so an aerator can reach in better than a fork can in these designs.
Also, the head of an aerator is smaller so it can work at the size of clumps in a composter better than a fork can.
- If you have a compost pile a garden fork may be better than an aerator
- But if you have a bin an aerater is the best tool for the job
Having set the scene, letâ€™s look at the Compost CA-36 Aerator by Lewis Tools in the Yard Butler range.
The structure of the aerator is simple.
The CA 36 is made of steel with a handle at the top and a spike and 2 folded blades or wings at the â€œbusinessâ€ end.
Using it entails pushing it into the compost bin and pulling it out. As it comes out it will snag on the compost and the wings will open out and help to mix the compost. How much mixing you get will depend on the composition of the compost and how much time you spend doing it.
A few minutes every few days should do it.
The CA 36 has an anti-rust coating so it will last a long time and on Amazon.com the Product Description says it is, Â â€œguaranteed foreverâ€.