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tk4454 04-16-2013 05:29 PM

Lawn dethatching clean up
 
So I have 2 jobs tomorrow dethatching about 2 acres, I've done my own yard and I mowed over the dethatched grass a few times to pick it up. I've seen videos of people raking the dethatch onto a tarp, I've also seen videos of people blowing it in to a pile, ive also heard using your riding mower and blowing it into a pile... what do you prefer??? what is the easiest method in your opinion? Thanks in advance

Greg'slawnandlandscape 04-16-2013 06:12 PM

A bagged or sweeper. Mowing over it will just put the thatch back into the ground. A customer that allready knows how to dethatch may question your knowledge if you mow it over.

LawnBoy0311 04-16-2013 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Greg'slawnandlandscape (Post 125811)
A bagged or sweeper. Mowing over it will just put the thatch back into the ground. A customer that allready knows how to dethatch may question your knowledge if you mow it over.

Ummmmmmm huh????? Not if you bag it.

GreenBlue 04-16-2013 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Greg'slawnandlandscape (Post 125811)
A bagged or sweeper. Mowing over it will just put the thatch back into the ground. A customer that allready knows how to dethatch may question your knowledge if you mow it over.

That's hilarious, if you mow with a bagger, how would they question it?

tk4454 04-17-2013 09:36 AM

guess I'm going with the old school traditional way of raking it on to the tarp. maybe on my second job if the customer isn't there ill try blowing it into a pile

djm2013 04-17-2013 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by tk4454 (Post 125845)
guess I'm going with the old school traditional way of raking it on to the tarp. maybe on my second job if the customer isn't there ill try blowing it into a pile

Having a triple bagger on my ferrisz3100 helps a lot, but because the thatch has so much volume and wont pack itself down, it takes about 30 seconds for it to fill 10 bushels.

another method I have used is to get orange snow fencing, snow stakes and make a crescent or half circle at the end of the property near the road and blow all the thatch into the snow fence to make a big pile. I then use a leaf loader and vac it into the back of the dump and after it fills the dump to the top and the tarp is bowing out, I get up in there and jump on it to pack it down, and repeat till all the thatch is done, 2 acres will be a lot.

I also have a jrco de thatcher on the front of the mower, nothing like dethatching 7 acres in an hour...

tk4454 04-18-2013 08:54 AM

I was told the tines on my riding mower isn't exactly what customers are looking for, but really dethatching it wasn't the hard part it was cleaning up after. We blew it all into considerate piles then raked them from there, It was a little over an acre, and took us basically all day, I like the vacuum idea for sucking it up though once in piles

B-2 Lawncare 04-18-2013 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Greg'slawnandlandscape (Post 125811)
A bagged or sweeper. Mowing over it will just put the thatch back into the ground. A customer that allready knows how to dethatch may question your knowledge if you mow it over.

What? You need to pick up a book and educate your self.

Greg'slawnandlandscape 04-18-2013 08:56 PM

Oops I meant bag or use a lawn sweeper but if you mow over it so many times it will just get mulched and become thatch again

Cashin H&P 04-18-2013 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Greg'slawnandlandscape (Post 125916)
Oops I meant bag or use a lawn sweeper but if you mow over it so many times it will just get mulched and become thatch again

No, if you have a bagger it will go into the bagger.......


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