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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Splicer, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    What most are calling de-thatching is nothing but power raking some of the dead and weak grasses off the surface, it ain't de-thatching.Most customers don't even know what thatch is.Thatch is dead grass stems roots etc, on top of the soil.1/2 an inch of thatch or less is perfectly fine.If they want to know if their lawn has accumulated to much thatch ,use a soil probe and see how thick the thatch is.
  2. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    But still for the homes that DO need it, how do you charge for that service?
  3. rodneyskip

    rodneyskip LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 196

    3x the mowing price.
  4. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Thankyou RS!:drinkup: :usflag:
  5. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    We charge 35$ 1000 square foot plus debree removel, 100$ mininum.Just a warning, Doing an improper job when dealing with a thatch layor , can tare the hell of a lawn.

    We try to deal with the problem of thatch before action is necessary,providing and educating the customer with proper cultural methods.We put them on Proper fert program with core aeration, with the correct amount of plant nutrients, and not the chemlawn way of excessive amounts of nitrogen.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    I have to ask why you would invest in a piece of equipment with out any idea how to charge or even if it is a good idea, and therefore no idea what the ROI will be.
  7. get rich

    get rich LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    I agree with ya 6'7 on the beating the hell out of the turf if done improperly. It' s all in the depth of the blade setting on a power rake. I've done lots of lawns in my area for the past couple springs. And if you set the depth corrrectly you still remove tons of thatch but never all of it. Last year we had a major drought in our area and the lawns i manage looked great, so there was no moisture loss do to removing MOST but not all of the thatch.I agree that core aeration is easier, quicker(and that makes it more profitable) and maybe better for the lawn under some circumstances. But when it is a hot seller in your area there is no reason to talk someone out of doing such a thing. I also sell the aeration to them, but schedule that to be done in the fall, some experts will tell you that by core aerating in the spring you are opening up holes for the weeds to pop up in, thus doing in the fall once germination period for the weeds are done allows the lawn all winter and spring to recouperate. So there is possible pitfalls with both if done inncorrectly. I run an early spring special, $100 for lawns under 10 k sq ft, that include hauling away the debris. I run a snapper power rake on the lawn, then mow and bag with my ex-mark, for an additional 50 i fertilize it also. But most are already signed up with my five app program. Hey...works for me. Good luck on your endever!
  8. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    This equipment (ALL of it) is also used for my own property and I do not charge myself...:usflag:
  9. one man gang

    one man gang LawnSite Fanatic
    from N. In.
    Messages: 5,811

    I gave up trying to talk people out of it a few years ago, they just wanted it and didn't care that aerations we're better and cheaper. I got a bluebird and do a lot every year. If people ask me whats better between the two I tell them to plug. If they want both I do both. If they don't ask I happily do the power rake. For some reason they think the need it
  10. kosty

    kosty LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    would it be a good idea to always back the clippings.

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