Aerator: Campey Air2HP handheld probe

Following the success of the Air2G2, Campey Turf Care Systems has added a handheld probe to the range to offer precise aeration in hard-to-reach areas.

The Air2HP apparatus works using a single probe aerator, activated by a hand-operated air valve, to fracture the soil profile. The air can reach a diameter of 0.61-0.94m below the surface, with probe depths varying depending on surface hardness.

The portable nature of the probe makes it ideal for use in sand bunkers, small spaces and awkward areas with limited access. The design also makes it suitable for spot treating areas of standing water as well as for use at the base of trees and around tree roots, flower beds and lawns.

In use, air is injected into the soil column, shooting oxygen into the root zone and fracturing compacted soil to improve air and water movement, so increasing drainage and soil porosity while removing standing water in the area.

Speaking on the introduction of the Air2HP, Campey managing director Richard Campey said: "We've seen great success from the Air2G2 and can see there is real demand for the handheld version.

"Aeration is a massive part of maintaining sports surfaces at all levels and the Air2 Handheld Portable Probe gives greenkeepers and groundsmen the chance to get essential air into the harder-to-reach places on their sites, and effectively tackle any standing water or aeration issues. Being able to do this can only help to improve surfaces."

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