Four Things You Can Do to Have a Better Looking Lawn This Year!

Posted on 18th May 2012 in Core Aerators, dethatching, Lawn Care

My lawn looks about 100 times better now than it did over the winter. I had a lot of dead spots in my lawn but by taking care of it and doing these five simple things I was able to make it look like a brand-new lawn.

The first thing I did was I dethatched my lawn with a dethatcher. Thatching is a great way to get rid of dead grass, it also helps to prevent lawn disease. By the way I noticed that I had a little bit of fungus turning my lawn yellow in February, so I put down some fungicide as well. After I got rid of all the fungus, then I use the detaching machine to take out all of the dead grass. If your lawn looks really bad, there’s a good chance that using a detaching machine will help it out. It might look a little bit worse at the beginning, but after a few weeks it should start to look a whole lot better. The reason why people use 80 Thatcher is so they can get a nice clean star on their lawn and so there’ll be plenty of room for new seats to grow.

The next thing that you need to do is to make sure to water your lawn. I didn’t have a sprinkler system installed in my back lawn last year, and as a result, about one third of my lawn died from drought damage. Before I could seed my lawn, I thought it was necessary to dig the trenches and install a sprinkler system. Not only will this help my lawn to stay alive, if I go out of town for a few days, but it will also help my new seedlings to come in and establish themselves. Watering your lawn regularly is very important, especially when you’re planting new grass seed.

The next thing they did was I aerated my lawn with a lawn aerator. I knew my lawn was in bad shape, it wasn’t hardly growing, and I figured I might as well go over it two or three times with a lawn aerator. This made all the difference in the world. It wasn’t instantaneous, but over the course of two or three weeks, my grass started growing very quickly.

Right after I did lawn aeration,  I put grass seed down on top of it and a light covering of Pete Moss. Then, I fertilized it. The areas where I had seated, I only put about half of the regular amount of fertilizer. Fertilizer helps out a time. As soon as the average daily temperature started hitting 70°, my lawn started growing very quickly. I have mowed my lawn three times already since the beginning of April. It is amazing how quickly your lawn comes back if you take the time to care for properly.

What is Power Rake and How to Find Power Rakes For Sale

Posted on 26th October 2010 in dethatching, Power Rakes

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.

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Using a Lawn Aerators Reduce Stress on Compacted Soil and Lawn Thatch

Posted on 20th September 2010 in Core Aerators, dethatching

If you have tired looking grass or patchy spots, this could be the result of compacted soil or having a thatch build up in your lawn. Thatch build up chokes out sunlight and new grass development. But is also block air , nutrients and water from reach the soil, and it stunts new grass growth and it also provides s safe comfortable home for lawn pests and lawn disease. To eliminate this build up, it is best to use a dethatcher or and dethatching rake.

Another way to help reduce thatch is by aerating often. Aerating allow air into the thatch layer which will help to break it down faster. In addition, aerating also reduces soil compaction. Reducing soil compaction also reduces soil stress and encourages root development. Without root development grass will start to atrophy and disappear.

The great news is that it doesn’t cost much to rent a lawn aerator or a lawn dethatcher. In most States lawn aerators cost $40 to $100 per day to rent and lawn dethatcher only cost $30 to $80 to rent. Although we recommend that you aerate your lawn once per year for the first three years and then only once every three years, lawn thatching only needs to be done on an as need basis. In most cases this is only once every 3- 5 years. You may need to de thatch your lawn more often if the following conditions exist:

  1. Your lawn is shady and it growth moss very quickly. (Best to use iron as moss killer in the Fall.)

  2. Your lawn gets full of bad grasses which you are trying to eliminate over time with thatching.

  3. You are getting rid of patchy areas caused by lawn insects, dog urine or lawn disease.

Best luck aerating and or use dethatching rakes on your lawn.

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