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#1 Cribs1450 ONLINE  

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Posted March 04, 2018 - 04:03 PM

Just a quick progress picture,  I was to excited and to busy to wait until the finished product.  

 

Sand-blasted, painted, new nuts/bolts/washers.  Just need to tighten up and then there is 3 metal bars that link the three rods tot the frame.  It has adjustable holes so I am assuming its to change the angle at which the prongs go into the ground.

 

 

 

Question:  When and how often do you guys use these implements if you have them?   I've heard they are not necessary but to use it in spring and fall.  

 

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Posted March 04, 2018 - 04:44 PM

Nice job, looks good.


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Posted March 04, 2018 - 04:45 PM

That is a fine looking implement right there!!!

 

I use mine (a Brinly pull-behind type, converted to sleeve hitch to raise and lower on float setting with a 42lb suitcase weight on it) about once a year.  I don't use in early spring unless ground has dried up and roots of new growth has taken well...otherwise a dethatcher can pull more good grass out along with the thatch.  I usually do mine in late spring after about 6-10 cuttings, then fertilize well and watch the lawn take off.  That way it removes some winter kill without taking out much if the new growth.

 

Fall I will use it if it looks like it needs it.  2017 I did a fall dethatch, we will see if I need to do one this spring.


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Posted March 04, 2018 - 07:54 PM

Nice job. I use mine in the late spring, probably does dislodge some of roots, but in a few days can't tell it. Also use it in the fall after putting composed cow manure on, to spread it around a little. I even use mine in the garden to smooth things out a little.
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Posted March 04, 2018 - 08:18 PM

I dethatch in the spring before anything starts to grow. Preferably if it warms up enough to get the frost out, then it gets cold again.

Late August again, if I overseed with grass seed in thin or weedy areas.

Nice job on that, be proud of your work.
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Posted March 05, 2018 - 08:11 AM

CAT385B makes a good point about overseeding.  If overseeding, its a must to do a heavy dethatch for seeds to actually be in contact with soil.  So dethatch first and clear all material off, then overseed, and if you have a lawn roller, empty water except for maybe 10 gallons and roll to press the seed to the soil for best contact.

 

Dethatchers are a great and necessary tool for a quality lawn.


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Posted March 05, 2018 - 08:34 PM

Where would this fit into lawn care, or any other purpose for that matter?... works great for leaves btw. My apologies in advance if anyone feels im hijacking the original post. I am willing to sell this also.

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Posted March 05, 2018 - 09:26 PM

York whirly rake, great for thatch and fall clean up!


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Posted March 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

That York Power Rake is useless.  I see you are not far from me across the border, I am working in NY state Wednesday and Thursday this week, I can drop by and "dispose" of it for you, no charge at all.  LOL

 

That York rake is the king of dethatchers, I wish I owned it.  Ability to set the tine depth from a sweep all the way to a deep digging dethatch is the cat's meow, all powered by a 3HP motor.  Wish it was mine!!!


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Posted March 06, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Where would this fit into lawn care, or any other purpose for that matter?... works great for leaves btw. My apologies in advance if anyone feels im hijacking the original post. I am willing to sell this also.

Oh man,  I feel so hijacked haha! Just kidding.  interesting implement! I have not seen that


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