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Dethatching vs. Aerating

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The Curious Porpoise, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    in the fall, i will be offering my customers both dethatching and aerating. i have aerated before, but have never dethatched. i don't own either machine, so i rent the basic blue bird. the cost to rent either machine is pretty much the same. How much more should i charge for dethatching over aerating? let's say i charge $100 to aerate a property-how much should i charge to dethatch the same property?

    i assume after i lift all of the thatch layer up i have to collect all of it w/ the mower?
  2. bjlawnman

    bjlawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    Dethatching takes much more time than aerating, you have to pick up the thatch after which takes quite a bit more time depending on what you use.I would charge more for dethatching
  3. bayaa

    bayaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    I would double the cost of the thatching if you have can remove the thatch in one pass maybe slighty less if it is not that thick.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    If you dethatch, I hope you own a good sized dump truck.
  5. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 693

    About 3 X more for dethatching, plus disposal fee.
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    Dethatch, aerate then slitseed works great for lawns. Don't forget to topdress the lawn either.
  7. bearmersch

    bearmersch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I use a swisher yardage rake to dethatch lawns. It has a 60in pass and really works up the yard. I pull it with a F687 Ztrack and then use the F687 to suck up the clippings. I usually do aeroating in the spring.

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