I've used this product a couple of times with very limited success. I always push the devise down fully to the ground with very little presure needed. If the ground is fairly dry, it seems to "pull out" thatch & dirt plugs most of the time and they are ejected out the top of the tubes and fall on the ground. Sometimes I have to push down in two or three spots before a plug will be ejected from the tubes. It apears that each ejected plug, consists of 3 mini 1" sections (thatch & dirt, thatch & dirt, thatch & dirt), instead of one 3" plug of mostly dirt and a bit of thatch top ! However, it appears leave 3" deep holes each time. But, if the ground is fairly damp, this devise is almost useless. It does make 3 inch deep "holes" in the ground. However, absolutely NO dirt plugs get ejected (even after 5 or 10 push downs), but the tubes are filled with dirt. I assume that (after the tubes get initially filled) all of the dirt is just pushed strait down (below the 3 inch depth of the metal tubes). I was not expecting this, and wonder if this situation is really that healthy for the grass roots, since that ground below the "plug holes" becomes even more compacted.
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