Lawn aerator - clogged!
Being dutiful and doing my autumn lawncare. I bought a hollow-tine aerator to spike the lawn but am managing about half a sqm at a time until one or more of the tines clogs up. It then takes ages to clear them out, so I'm after your experience on
How to avoid it clogging in the first place
Handy tips to clear it when it does
Background is that I've got sandy soil which is likely very compacted as it gets plenty of traffic and has never been aerated before while we've been here and possibly never! So it seems to grind itself into the tines and stay there.
I tined a small area in summer and had to hammer the thing in. The soil's now softish: it just takes me getting on the thing and using my weightfor it to go in pretty much to the top and throw out cores. Until it clogs...
For the clogging question, I understand WD40 sprayed into the tines is one option; I've also tried grease but that didn't work. Could I gloss-paint the insides of the cores and then WD40 them? Or varnish them? Would filing the insides more smooth help? Does sharpening the end bits help with clogging or does that just make it easier work?
For the clearing, does water help? Has anyone found a pressuren-type method (Karcher?) which works?!
Thanks in advance!