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thatching?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mdb landscaping, Feb 19, 2001.

  1. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i have a new jrco thatcher im waiting to break in this spring that goes on my scag 48 inch walk behind. i am planning on thatching and picking it up with my grass gobbler. do i really need to bag while thatching? or can i just cut over it and let the blades chew the dead grass up?
     
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,831

    I have a 60" JRco for my Choppers. What I do is go over it one time with the OCDC closed and mulch it up big time while dethatching. I then go over it at an opposite direction and dethatch that direction while leaving the OCDC open and this really spreads the chopped up thatch. I do this about 1 or 2 weeks before we start mowing.

    I would pick up some extra tines for it. I break several each season.
     
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    thanks for the tip eric. thats what i was wondering. a lot of guys bag the clippings around here, but i was wondering if anyone like you was shredding the clippings. thanks for the response.
     
  4. LJ lawn

    LJ lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 356

    so how does that jerco attachment compare to a power-rake? i can't believe it would be as good.what do you think?
     
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Its not as thoural as a power rake but its 5 times faster because it is wider. The flater the ground the better it works.

    Gene
     
  6. Mike Paulsen

    Mike Paulsen LawnSite Member
    from Idaho
    Messages: 99

    I always mark the sprinkler heads when i power rake so i don't hit one, do you have to mark them when using the tine thatcher or don't they dig that deep?
     
  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    the force that the tines put down wont really affect sprinker heads. the power rakes continuously spin with the metal, and that does more damage i think. im not planning on marking them.
     
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    When I "dethatch" with the JRCO, I go over it twice in different directions for more thorough results, and charge regular dethatching rates. Otherwise, I just charge for a rakeover of all the turf areas. (which is a bit more than half the dethating rate.) I love it for spring cleanups though! It get that grass standing up and breathing earlier and faster!
     

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