What You Should Know about Dethatching with a Blade

Posted on 7th February 2012 in dethatching

One easy way to save money when you are thatching your lawn is to get a lawnmower blade that is capable of doing this work for you. Usually it is pretty easy to attach a blade, but before you do, you want to make sure to mow your lawn down to a lower than average setting. This will make it easier for your blade to work and it will also help your dethatching blade to pull out more of the batch and less of the grass.

Most of the time you can buy a new lawnmower dethatching rake for less than $20. The advantage of a blade is that you can do the work yourself. Also, the blades are a lot faster than trying to use a rake to clean out all of the thatching your lawn. In my opinion though, you have to be more careful when you use a dethatching blade than when you use a power rake. The reason why is because if your ground is uneven, there is a big chance of scalping your lawn. Also you have to make sure that you go slow in order to get out the thatch.  A mower blade typically has three or four blades that are designed to pull factor out. Not only that, it tends to rip it out of the lawn rather than pull it out. With a power rake you have 120 blades that beat the surface of the lawn and all the thatch out. When you use a power rake, you are a lot less likely to damage your lawn.

The only downside of a power rake is that you have to spend $40 or $50 to rent the machine and then you have to bring it back when you’re finished. In addition, most of the time, a power rake isn’t going to pick up the thatch for you. After you are done going over your lawn, you have to stop and go back and rake everything up. When you are using a lawnmower with a blade attachment, it picks up most of it in your lawn mowing back so that you don’t have very much to rake when you’re finished.

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