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First post/De-thatch question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Jet-Mech67, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Jet-Mech67

    Jet-Mech67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hey guys love the website awesome info. My question is do I need to De-Thatch my yard. I have been living here for 8 yrs and I mainly mulch not bag. I was at H.D yesterday and saw a De-Thatch/Power rake for my mower. Is this thing a waste of time or will it work for me? Is this the right time of year for De-Thatch? Thanks Fellas and again love the website. :usflag:
  2. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    8 years without dethatching, I would say yes your lawn would love you for it, the attachment for the mower is not something I would put a lot of faith in but, thats up to you, I would recommend going and renting a power rake, Home depot probably has them in the tool rental area. this time of year there probably is a waiting list to get it though.
  3. RLSLandscaping

    RLSLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    rent a power rake...from HD, $45 for 4hours or $60 for 24hrs...if yer lawn is on the big side and or hilly get it for 24HRs that thing can be a little tough to push around...this year I did 9 lawns in 1 day with that thing and squeezed in 2 more the next morning before the 9:00am return time lol...cause I'm cheap lol I will never do it again. talk to a neighbor and split it with them.
  4. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    You need a JRCO tine rake, I love mine. run the bagger at the same time and clean up as I go.
  5. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    If your lawn is thick and healthy , leave it alone. If you mainly mulch or bag, you should not have a buildup of thatch so again leave it alone. mulched clippings compost in appr 72 hours under normal conditions. If however you do have a thatch buildup of 1/2 " or more it is a good idea to dethatch. Mich States agronomic dept suggests every 5-7 years if needed, or you have insects, molds, funguses that predominantly live in the thatch layer, then dethatch and treat with fungicide, herbicide or insecticide dethatch 1st then treat.
  6. Jet-Mech67

    Jet-Mech67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for all the help guys..I went with the aeration instead of the power rake. So we will see what happens..man that sucker kicked my butt..lol ..It was a Bluebird from Home Depot..again thanks for all the info. :usflag:
  7. Derek9D

    Derek9D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    yeah we have one of those on our mower and it works great with the mower goin and w/e it dont pick up we have the other mower goin right behind it.

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