Dethatching Question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jaybow, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 1,084

    Ok I bought a power rake and have already used it on my yards and my parents front yard.My question is this, when dethatching and you hit those kinda high spots on the ground and a little soil comes up is that killing that area of grass or is the roots still most likely intact and new growth will appear in a short time.So far I have been running the dethatcher at the second from highest level and it removes a ton of thatch.The highest setting barely does anything.So I think im doing ok.I assume as the blades begin to wear I will have to lower it another setting.I know a customer may get nervouse when they see the machine being ran if they are not farmiliar with the process.I would like to be able to tell them that new growth will appear shortly.I need some guidence,please.
     
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Good luck. I bare spot a lot. It happens when the turf is uneven. Not much you can do but sell them on over seeding and add a little extra seed in those areas. You might get some to come back but don't count on it.
    Hope you didn't put a prem on.
     
  3. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    What sildoc said. I haven't used a power rake in spring in about 7 years since my Giant-Vac died. I remember some properties that were thin or wet we wouldn't use the power rake at all. I use the JRCO rake now, much less damaging to the lawn. If I'm doing a renovation, I will use a power rake.
     
  4. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    I have made the policy this year to ALWAYS overseed when dethatching. It would be silly not to because the time and cost of the seed is so minimal. Also the extra weed competition because of bare spots will make the lawn look worse. I think the levelling of the lawn (scalping off high spots) is actually an added bonus!!!! Just remember to tell the homeowner if they apply their own fertilizer that they cannot use a crabgrass preventer in the spring for at least 6 weeks before or after seed is applied, or the overseeding was useless.
     
  5. lawnhoney

    lawnhoney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    question for beautiful:) when you overseed do you use fegular grasseed or turf builder , never did this and customers are asking about dethatching and would like to include this too do you just spread with spreader ? thanks in adavance:waving:
     
  6. lawnhoney

    lawnhoney LawnSite Member
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    sorry about the miss types:eek:
     
  7. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    I have never heard of turf builder seed

    i have heard of turf builder fertilizer (I believe it is a scotts product)

    What is regular grass seed?
     
  8. lawnhoney

    lawnhoney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Sorry mike about the inacurracies , yes it is scotts fert. and grass seed in our area would be rye and fescue , some kentucky blue also is used around here in the Wisconsin area.
     
  9. lawnhoney

    lawnhoney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I just realized you are in the milwaukee area and we are about 55 miles north of you Sheboygan area. So I think you could help us out with some of your knowledge and expertise . We are a small lawn care business , just my husband and myself. Thanks in andvance for your advice, Lawnhoney
     
  10. lawnhoney

    lawnhoney LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I just realized you are in the milwaukee area and we are about 55 miles north of you Sheboygan area. So I think you could help us out with some of your knowledge and expertise . We are a small lawn care business , just my husband and myself. Thanks in andvance for your advice, Lawnhoney
     

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