Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by chuckers, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    I was wondering what the amount of waste is from dethatching per k sqft? how much would fill up a 8 ft truck bed? And any tips for dethatching with a power rake??

  2. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    you will get an unreal amount of waste. It does depend on how deep you have the power rake set.
  3. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    Someone told me that they seen some were that it is 1500 pounds of waste per 7,000 sqft is that ridiculous?
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Really depends on how much thatch the lawn has and what you are using.

    As for 3/4T per 7k feet...I don't think so.
  5. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 953

    I just did an acre and filled 1 1/2 8 ft truck beds. I've seen better, I've seen worse. Kinda depends how bad the client let it go. Like, no aeration in 5 years and no dethatch it 5 years. And being mowed with a not so good mulching mower.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    just do what I do to reduce the amount of waste. I feel go over and dethatch it, and then I go back over with some high lift gators and bag it. Chops it right up and reduces a lot of space.
  7. JarrodsDad

    JarrodsDad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    My experience is 1 38"X42" bag per 1000 sq ft. and that is how we estimate.

    Weight is dependant on moisture.
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Do you normally mow it low and collect it, dethatch it and then go over it again collecting all waste?

    The last time I remember using my pick-up to haul debris (I now use my grain truck and vac to haul more than 22 cubic yards), I did a 5,000 sq ft lawn and then a lawn around 12,000 sq ft. That left me with a HEAPING truck bed. Depends a lot also how high the grass is to begin with.
  9. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    what I do relates to the weight issue. I go over the entire lawn and dethatch. then, I go back after it is all done and mow it, and bag it. this way, it has time to dry out while it is lying on top of the grass, and is easier to load.
    I also load it into my truck bed (8 ft) and have gotten waste from between 8-15,000 sq. ft into it. it all depends on how bad the yard is, and how deep you set the dethatcher/power rake. the thing is, once you get it in, you can pack it down, and pack it down, and etc. sides on the truck bed would help the amount you can carry a lot, although I simply use a tarp to cover it and strap it down.
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Just a quick question while we are on the dethatching subject. Does it matter wether the grass is wet when you do the dethatching? I.e. i have a scheduled dethatch today and it rained last night.
    Never ran into this problem before.

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