Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-30-2006, 07:49 PM
crc13 crc13 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: 54313
Posts: 43
dethatching question

I am brand new here and have fallen in love with this site. I have just became a teacher and am looking into doing a small business during the summer months. I have a question on dethatching. I have one of these pull behind cheap rakes, but it does not seem to work that great. Should I have someone come in and do the work? Does it work better than raking? I hate having someone else do the work, but if it is going to do a better job, that is alright. Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-30-2006, 08:04 PM
Critical Care's Avatar
Critical Care Critical Care is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 1,654
Most dethatching is done in the spring, and typically before the landscape season gets into full gear. If you wait until you're not teaching, then you may be waiting too long. There is also a window for dethatching in the fall, however once again you're back at school.

The pull behind rakes are not a substitute for a good power rake. If you're particular about the work you do, or if your clients are, then you may want to rent a power rake. You could always line up some dethatching jobs now, and then on a weekend go out and take care of them with a rental power rake.

Be advised that you can pull up a whole lot of thatch with one of these machines. That equates to a lot of debris, a lot of raking, and quite a bit of time. So plan carefully.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-30-2006, 08:12 PM
dcondon's Avatar
dcondon dcondon is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Mid-Michigan
Posts: 2,247
Do a search because there are other threads talking about the same thing.
__________________
Git-R-Done!!!

fluid film- the official sponser of sflqpru
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-30-2006, 10:40 PM
crc13 crc13 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: 54313
Posts: 43
I plan on dethatching now, but want to start the business this summer. I will check into renting the machine. Is this what you guys use to do someones lawn?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-31-2006, 09:35 AM
upidstay's Avatar
upidstay upidstay is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: CT
Posts: 1,078
I like the kind that attached to the front of my walk behind mower. We have always had great luck with that. Put two gator blades on each spindle, to form an "x", and rake/mow. the baldes chop the stuff up nice and fine, so that light stuff can just be left to decompose. Or you can add a bagger. We would also blow heavy debris into wind rows to make it easier to clean up. I
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:08 AM.

Page generated in 0.07535 seconds with 9 queries