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JRCO tine rake = what service?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lawncuttinfoo, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    What do I tell customers I am doing to their lawn? I can't say I am dethatching or power raking but if I tell them I am raking the lawn they will expect to see me out there with a stick rake and my sore back.

    So far I am telling people I am cleaing up the dead grass but many look at me with a strange look. One even pulled out a "dethatching" estimate from a huge LCO in the area and his lawn surely did not need a full renovation that would result from true dethatching. I guess even the big guys are misinforming people.
  2. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Posts: 721

    Tine rake treatment:usflag:
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I bill it as a raking of all turf areas.
  4. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    Why can't you call it dethaching?
  5. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

  6. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    We don't call it anything. It is just something we do with the spring clean up. You can't call it dethatching because that is not what you are doing.
  7. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    Ok then how do you sell someone on a spring clean up where you were the one who did the fall clean up and you know there are fery few leaves.
    What do you say when they ask you what is a spring clean up?
  8. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 593

    It is called "Spring Tine Dethatching".
    Just as a regular walk behind dethatcher has the option for flail blades or spring tines.

  9. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    There is other debris in the lawn in the spring other than leaves. You have acorns, sticks, dead grass, snow mold, leaves that blew on the lawn after the final clean up was done, etc.
    So if you do a fall clean up for a customer then they don't get a spring???
    The tine rake is just another way of hand raking the lawn. It is just much more efficient. It goes a little deeper than hand raking but it is by no means dethatching.
    In the fall we can not wait till every last leaf is off the trees before we do the clean up. We wait as long as we can. We get the leaves off the lawn and the bulk of them out of the beds. The spring clean up we get every leaf out of the beds and shrubs, prune any dead branches off shrubs and trees, tine rake the lawn, and edge the beds. There is a big difference between our fall clean up and spring.
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    Sounds about right to me!!!:walking:

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