A power rake is basically a gas powered rake that rotates very quickly. It pull out moss, dead grasses and the dead thatch layer off of the surface of the lawn. It is also
usually known as a power dethatching rake. Sometimes these machines look like small lawn mowers and sometimes they are a bit bigger. Some power rakes come with a bagging option and some may also feature a seeding connection which puts new grass seed into the soil while it operates.
Power rakes can come with metal blades or spring-like coils. The blades are usually more popular and they are better at removing thatch in areas where the thatch is really bad.
How often should I Power Rake my Lawn?
Most people rent a power lawn rake for their lawns every 2-5 years. In lawns where severe moss cause problems, thatching should be done every year. This is mostly done in the Spring. If you have cooler winters, you can also thatch in the Fall. The trick with thatching is to be able to repair your lawn by overseeding it and fertilizing it when you are finished. This is a tip it took me a few years to learn: If you are pulling moss out of a shady lawn or thatching in the Fall, you will have better luck using shade seed. Even though it may be a little more expensive, it will better in the shady areas and not die out in the winter.
Should I Buy or Rent a Power Rake?
Since purchasing a good power rake or power dethatching rake can often cost $1000 to $2000 dollars, most people elect to rent one rather then buy. For spot thatching or in smaller lawns, thatching can often be done by hand using a dethatching rake. I do not recommend lawn mower attachments because you have to mow the lawn to a dangerously low height in order to use them and they don’t work well. The grass can take a lot longer to recover and you may also end up with a lot of weeds.
Dethatcher rentals or power rake machines may cost about $35 to $45 for a 2 to four hour period or $50 to $75 dollars for an entire day. Usually you will not need the insurance coverage unless you have a lot of exposed roots in your lawn or are not to careful. These dethatcher machines will cost an average of $10 to $20 less then renting an aerator. A good tip for saving you money on the job is to do the job at the same time as a neighbor or nearby relative. This will allow you to split the rental cost.
Most power rakes take regular gas, they are low maintenance and easy to fix. If you own your own machine, you need to remember to change the oil every 20 engine hours and rotate your tines at least once every 150 hours. The blades on the power dethatcher are self sharpening as long as you rotate them on a regular basis.
Remember that repairing your lawn in a process. Quite often, you will also need to overseed and fertilize at the same time. Generally you can completely repair a lawn in about 3-4 weeks. In cooler climates were temperatures average less then 70 most of the time, it could take 6-8 weeks to repair a lawn.
Is my lawn to wet to Thatch?
A really good thatching machine will still do a good job is the lawn is wet. But you never want to use a power rake if the ground if soft or mushy. In addition, thatching the lawn on a nice dry will be a lot funner and the thatch should be a lot easier to clean up.
You have to remember when using dethatcher rentals machine it must contain a full tank of gas. Some others may need an oil/gas combination. Another advantage of this is that you simply do not need any servicing, no cussing, and you never need to sharpen any blades.
Keep in mind that the benefits you take pleasure in gardening must at least make up for your work and money invested. A dethatcher rental machine, also know as a power rake rental may help lessen the task and enhance your garden’s beauty and productivity which is worth your money.
Power raking, also know as dethatching can be done either by renting a power rake of switching out the blade on your lawn mower with a lawn mower dethatching blade.