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chuckers
03-21-2005, 08:01 PM
I was wondering what the amount of waste is from dethatching per k sqft? how much would fill up a 8 ft truck bed? And any tips for dethatching with a power rake??

Thanks
Chris

chefdrp
03-21-2005, 09:27 PM
you will get an unreal amount of waste. It does depend on how deep you have the power rake set.

chuckers
03-21-2005, 10:34 PM
Someone told me that they seen some were that it is 1500 pounds of waste per 7,000 sqft is that ridiculous?

LB1234
03-21-2005, 11:35 PM
Really depends on how much thatch the lawn has and what you are using.


As for 3/4T per 7k feet...I don't think so.

yrdandgardenhandyman
03-22-2005, 12:02 AM
I just did an acre and filled 1 1/2 8 ft truck beds. I've seen better, I've seen worse. Kinda depends how bad the client let it go. Like, no aeration in 5 years and no dethatch it 5 years. And being mowed with a not so good mulching mower.

tiedeman
03-22-2005, 12:52 AM
just do what I do to reduce the amount of waste. I feel go over and dethatch it, and then I go back over with some high lift gators and bag it. Chops it right up and reduces a lot of space.

JarrodsDad
03-22-2005, 08:05 AM
Someone told me that they seen some were that it is 1500 pounds of waste per 7,000 sqft is that ridiculous?


My experience is 1 38"X42" bag per 1000 sq ft. and that is how we estimate.

Weight is dependant on moisture.

walker-talker
03-22-2005, 09:20 AM
just do what I do to reduce the amount of waste. I feel go over and dethatch it, and then I go back over with some high lift gators and bag it. Chops it right up and reduces a lot of space.
Do you normally mow it low and collect it, dethatch it and then go over it again collecting all waste?

The last time I remember using my pick-up to haul debris (I now use my grain truck and vac to haul more than 22 cubic yards), I did a 5,000 sq ft lawn and then a lawn around 12,000 sq ft. That left me with a HEAPING truck bed. Depends a lot also how high the grass is to begin with.

twins_lawn_care
03-22-2005, 09:52 AM
what I do relates to the weight issue. I go over the entire lawn and dethatch. then, I go back after it is all done and mow it, and bag it. this way, it has time to dry out while it is lying on top of the grass, and is easier to load.
I also load it into my truck bed (8 ft) and have gotten waste from between 8-15,000 sq. ft into it. it all depends on how bad the yard is, and how deep you set the dethatcher/power rake. the thing is, once you get it in, you can pack it down, and pack it down, and etc. sides on the truck bed would help the amount you can carry a lot, although I simply use a tarp to cover it and strap it down.

sildoc
03-22-2005, 10:14 AM
Just a quick question while we are on the dethatching subject. Does it matter wether the grass is wet when you do the dethatching? I.e. i have a scheduled dethatch today and it rained last night.
Never ran into this problem before.

Gene $immons
03-22-2005, 11:45 AM
Just a quick question while we are on the dethatching subject. Does it matter wether the grass is wet when you do the dethatching? I.e. i have a scheduled dethatch today and it rained last night.
Never ran into this problem before.

Yes, It is much slower to dethatch, or scalp warm season turf if it is even a little moist. One day of rain ruines our plans for a few days until it dries out enough.

sildoc
03-22-2005, 12:02 PM
Yes, It is much slower to dethatch, or scalp warm season turf if it is even a little moist. One day of rain ruines our plans for a few days until it dries out enough.
Currious about cool season turf. Rye, Fescue, And Bluegrass mix.
I don't do alot of dethatching, Mainly aeration, However there is a customer that requested it and eventhough I did everything to sell them aeration instead, there was no changing their mind. So hey who am I to turn down work.

tiedeman
03-22-2005, 01:28 PM
Do you normally mow it low and collect it, dethatch it and then go over it again collecting all waste?

The last time I remember using my pick-up to haul debris (I now use my grain truck and vac to haul more than 22 cubic yards), I did a 5,000 sq ft lawn and then a lawn around 12,000 sq ft. That left me with a HEAPING truck bed. Depends a lot also how high the grass is to begin with.


sometimes I will go over it first, just to mow it but I won't mow it low, and collect it, then go back over and collect it again after dethatching.