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Old 04-19-2006, 11:40 PM
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JRCO tine rake = what service?

What do I tell customers I am doing to their lawn? I can't say I am dethatching or power raking but if I tell them I am raking the lawn they will expect to see me out there with a stick rake and my sore back.

So far I am telling people I am cleaing up the dead grass but many look at me with a strange look. One even pulled out a "dethatching" estimate from a huge LCO in the area and his lawn surely did not need a full renovation that would result from true dethatching. I guess even the big guys are misinforming people.
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Old 04-19-2006, 11:56 PM
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Tine rake treatment
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Old 04-20-2006, 03:01 AM
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I bill it as a raking of all turf areas.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:47 AM
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Why can't you call it dethaching?
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:22 AM
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because I'm not doing this :

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.p...ue+dethatching

page 2 has a cross section picture of thatch layer.

In my area I have never seen a lawn dethatched yet I see bids all the time. I really doubt people are dethatching.
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:58 PM
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We don't call it anything. It is just something we do with the spring clean up. You can't call it dethatching because that is not what you are doing.
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Old 04-20-2006, 08:50 PM
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Ok then how do you sell someone on a spring clean up where you were the one who did the fall clean up and you know there are fery few leaves.
What do you say when they ask you what is a spring clean up?
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:38 PM
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It is called "Spring Tine Dethatching".
Just as a regular walk behind dethatcher has the option for flail blades or spring tines.

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Old 04-20-2006, 09:39 PM
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There is other debris in the lawn in the spring other than leaves. You have acorns, sticks, dead grass, snow mold, leaves that blew on the lawn after the final clean up was done, etc.
So if you do a fall clean up for a customer then they don't get a spring???
The tine rake is just another way of hand raking the lawn. It is just much more efficient. It goes a little deeper than hand raking but it is by no means dethatching.
In the fall we can not wait till every last leaf is off the trees before we do the clean up. We wait as long as we can. We get the leaves off the lawn and the bulk of them out of the beds. The spring clean up we get every leaf out of the beds and shrubs, prune any dead branches off shrubs and trees, tine rake the lawn, and edge the beds. There is a big difference between our fall clean up and spring.
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It is called "Spring Tine Dethatching".
Just as a regular walk behind dethatcher has the option for flail blades or spring tines.

Jason
Sounds about right to me!!!
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