Dethatching?????????????????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Joel B., Mar 26, 2003.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    I have been reading a lot on this subject and have come to the conclusion that the spring tine "dethatchers" on the market don't really dethatch, am I correct? Since the tines only penetrate 1/2" or so at the most, they barely even reach the thatch layer.

    They are useful for removing dead grass, leaves and other debris, fluffing up the lawn and scratching the surface to help over seeding.

    Is/are my "conclusion(s)" right?

    Joel B.
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    If You Do It early enough It work's And In two different ways.
    John
     
  3. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Care to elaborate?
     
  4. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Wow, I just became a Senior Member, aren't I special....haha
     
  5. imalandscper

    imalandscper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    A 1/2 inch of thatch can actually be beneficial for starters. Second of all......You have to tear up the whole yard to really "dethatch" the lawn. You can corect thatch with corrective areating.


    Hope this helps
    Andy
     
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Sorry i'm Moving friday. early In Spring Not much growth to go Threw, Two different directions Will do the Job. and Imalandscaper is Correct.

    John
     

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