Thatch is a layer of dead stems, roots and clippings between the soil’s surface and the green vegetation, which keeps the lawn from receiving vital nutrients. If a layer of 1/2 inch or more of thatch builds on your lawn, water and air cannot reach the grass’ roots. This causes your lawn to look yellow and lifeless.
A rental dethatcher also known as a power rake, a turf rake or a thatcher can help clean up the thatch from your lawn. A dethatcher slices through the turf using steel flail blades and lifts the thatch to the surface. Consider these reasons for renting a dethatcher:
Healthy vs. diseased lawn. Too much thatch buildup invites insects and disease to your lawn. Renting and using a dethatcher lets you remove the thatch, so that water and nutrients can penetrate the soil for a healthier lawn.
Do-it-yourself vs. professional service. Many lawn care companies offer only aerating services and not labor-intensive dethatching services. Although aerating helps to prevent thatch, it does not eliminate it well, which leaves doing the dethatching yourself using a rented dethatcher as the only viable option for taking care of your lawn properly.
Renting vs. buying a dethatcher. Since you only use a dethatcher once or twice a year at the most, it does not pay to purchase it and then store it for most of the year. Instead, rent a dethatcher and save some money.
A compact design, ergonomic folding handle and 18″ raking width makes the new PR18 Power Rake a favorite among rental users.
The 10-gauge deck and few moving components provide durability and low maintenance. Each unit offers a choice of an easily interchangeable flail blade for removing matted thatch, Delta slicing blade for thinning running stem grasses, or spring tine reels for removing thatch from well-manicured lawns.
POWER: 5.5HP BRIGGS & STRATTON CONTROL: HANDLE MOUNTED BALL WITH AUTOMATIC SAFETY DECLUTCHING, SPRING LOADED BELT TIGHTENER