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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Getting rid of dead thatch in lawn Reply with quote

My father in law has a small town garden and cuts the grass with a flymo. Every now and again he puts bolts into the blade and uses it as a sort of scarifier. This has worked fairly well for him.

My problem is I have a ride on and would not be able to change the blades to handily so I was wondering could I leave the bolts in the blade for every cut or would it be to severe on the lawn.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:11 am    Post subject: thatch on Lawn Reply with quote

You caN HIRE A petrol scarifer to do the job the best time is the end of march
early april then use a good 3 in 1 lawn feed :

Hope this helps
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Ps you can use your ride on to pick up after scarifer
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:47 pm    Post subject: scarifier Reply with quote

Hi I would agree that the scarifier is the business for getting rid of the moss. I bring the moss to the recycling centre then and recycle it as green waste. I have a big lawn and would not use fertilizer on it as it leads to too much mowing. I have found that the lawn will generally have recovered itself in about a week after scarifying.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: thatch on Lawn Reply with quote

pa-v wrote:
You caN HIRE A petrol scarifer to do the job the best time is the end of march
early april then use a good 3 in 1 lawn feed :

Hope this helps
pat-v

Ps you can use your ride on to pick up after scarifer


Any idea of price per day? I'd assume the tow behind ones for a rideon are a waste of time!

edit:- €50+vat/dayhttp://www.hss.ie/g/62316/Lawn-Scarifier.html at 380mm strips it would take a few days on my 1.3 acre lawn Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wondering has anyone used one of these tow behind dethatchers? and if so are they any good? http://www.mowdirect.co.uk/acatalog/AGRI-FAB-40---SPRING-TINE-DETHATCHER--45-02941-.html?s=1592 My lawn is really matted with dead grass and I need to scarify it asap.

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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

qwerty? wrote:
Just wondering has anyone used one of these tow behind dethatchers? and if so are they any good? http://www.mowdirect.co.uk/acatalog/AGRI-FAB-40---SPRING-TINE-DETHATCHER--45-02941-.html?s=1592 My lawn is really matted with dead grass and I need to scarify it asap.

Thanks


I have something similar, and yes they work fine for dethatching. It might be a little late for dethatching right now though. Opening up the sward at this time of year will probably give you some weed problems. Early spring or late autumn is the best time for dethatching.

I went one step further this year with my dethatching. I had a very bad year last year with my lawn and as a result, it was about 50% thatch and it was in an awful state. This spring I brought out the big guns and used a spike harrow on the whole lot. It ripped out at least 4-5 cubic metres of dead grass from the 3/4 acre of mowable lawn. Now having overseeded and rolled, the lawn is looking better than it ever has and is improving daily....

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