3 Types of Compost Aerators

"Turn, turn, turn:" the key to good composting

Composting is a great way to recycle biodegradable refuse because it's easy and takes very little time. For the most part, you can leave your compost bin or pile alone and let nature do the rest. However, most composting techniques do require that you turn or mix the compost using some type of compost aerator.

A compost aerator serves two main functions, according to the How To Garden Guide, an online collection of nationwide gardening information. First, an aerator allows air to get to all parts of the compost pile, even the middle. Second, the aerator distributes moisture evenly, so you don’t have one very moist and one very dry pile of compost. Below is a list of three different types of compost aerators that will help you turn your trash into a garden treasure.

A pitch fork

A good pitchfork can help you care for your garden in many ways. To activate compost, you simply use it to stir the compost around enough to get the air and water circulated. And because it’s not just a compost aerator, pitchforks can also be used to easily move compost from the bin to the garden.

Compost Crank aerators

The How To Garden Guide recommends the Compost Crank, a tool with a handle and a spiraled end that makes turning compost easy in a compost bin. Also, it's small, but powerful enough, to turn a large or small the pile.

Winged compost aerators

This kind of compost aerator comes fitted with a set of wings, which fold down for easy mixing once the tool has been inserted into the compost pile. Because the wings do not open until they are released, this kind of tool makes compost aerating easy even in bins that have smaller openings. The winged design allows you to do twice as much work at once, so it could be beneficial for larger compost piles, too.

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