Separate names with a comma.
Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .
Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pitbullawns, Apr 21, 2009.
How would you price a 1/5 acre yard to be dethatched? Does it take longer than just mowing it?
Depends on what type of thatcher you are using and how much thatch is in that yard. It is going to take you longer than just mowing no matter what the conditions are, it is a slower process and there is cleanup of all the thatch involved.
When I thatch, I cut the lawn short, thatch, then mow again with the bagger on my mower. If the lawn is heavily thatched, you may have to go over it in multiple directions. The time it takes is heavily depenedent on your thatcher.
What kind of equipment is best do you guys find? One of the walk behind dethatching machines? The rake/tines on the back or front of your mower? Or some other thing?
If you are keeping up with it, as in doing it on a regular basis ex. yearly bi-yearly, I think the front mount ztr models work fine. If there is heavy thatch that has not been removed in a while then I like using the walk behind models. Since we do our thatching every year, we don't use the walk behind ones very often so we just rent one. I like the model Blue Bird makes, you can get one that has a bagging type system on it, this helps to reduce a lot of the cleanup, it should still be mowed over with a bagging mower though. But usually I just use the front mount ztr thatcher with the vac system on the ztr and do thatch and cleanup in one step.
Thank you so much! This was exactly what I was looking for. This is a new customer, so I am assuming it has not been done in awhile. I am going to go do an estimate for it Thursday. I just ddn't know if I wanted to add a dethatcher to my equipment or rent one. I had a good deal lined up to buy a Billy Goat one for $700, but I just don't know how much use I will really get with it, so renting might be the way to go!
I use a 38" revitalizer on the back of a simplicity garden tractor. It looks like a rototiller and makes quick work out of most yards. I find the de-thatchers that look like a rake to be a toy. Depends on how much thatch you have and what kind of grass too.
I have the Bluebird spring tine dethatcher with the honda and it works awesome. It was about 1,200$ which is pricey but well worth it as far as durability and results. Almost all of my accounts have dethatching done every spring so I went with the spring tine style not the blade style which is rougher on healthy lawns. I just cut the lawn very low, dethatch in a checker board pattern and then do a final mow very slow with my 36" Scag w/catcher to vac it all up. As far as rates I charge 3 times the mowing charge plus a small dump fee usually 10$-20$.
We use a wheel pull behind rake system set up to dethatch. I love it!!!! It does a great job. We did a yard a little bigger than your doing but not much. It took us right at one hour to do. That was running the rake system, sweeping, we also have a power broom and that works great to get up thatch too. And of course some hand raking in the really bad area's. Once everything was loose, we sweeped it up with our sweeper, bagged up the thatch and were done. We take the thatch to our composting system. We charge by the hour. We charge $20.00 /hour. The home owner said the job was great and paid us $40.00 for the job. I was happy.
song bird is rediculously cheap...move to wisconsin. ill sub you and pay you 20 bucks an hour...anyway...
i just did one this week, front mount thatched the whole thing, then went back and cut it short and bagged it all. running the thatcher mower and bagger at the same time doesnt leave a good clean finish. if i were to do it again, i would thatch again in the opposite direction, or add weight to the thatcher, or just aerate before-hand at some point. just to clarify, this lawn was very thick, full of thatch, im sure it was fertilized often and has a full irrigation system.