If you only have a small lawn and want to do some exercise, you can use a stubble rake. Pulling it on the grass, it lifts and moves the stubble. But you will probably prefer a dethatcher mechanical, which can be rented in some hardware stores or equipment rental centers. It rakes your lawn and dislodges a large amount of debris, which you will then have to pick up at the rake. If you live in a hot climate, ask if the machine you are renting fits your lawn type.
Lawn removers, or lawnmowers, are of two types: manual hand removers and machine cutters or removers. The purpose of a SOD remover is to cut strips of healthy grass for use as SOD in another property. Lawn removers are not difficult to operate once you understand the nuances of the machine. This takes a little practice and a little patience. Once the hang of it, using a peat remover is easy.
- Put on gloves, goggles and a dust mask. Check the gas and oil to ensure that the machine is running on good gas and oil. Check the air filter too. Clogged or excessively used air filters can cause the engine to malfunction.
- Place the grass remover in front of the grass where you want to start your cuts. Adjust the angle of the mower according to the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular grade. Unequal degrees require around a field of 35 degrees or angle.
- Adjust the length of the remover blade. This will be especially at the depth you want to cut the grass. For shallow cuts, set the length of the sheet between 2 inches and 3 inches. For deep cuts in the grass, set the length of the blade between 4 inches and 5 inches.
- Place the gear to the “neutral” or “N” position and then start the sod remover. Put the grass remover running or in the “cut” position. Walk-behind the lawn remover in a straight line until you reach the point where you want to stop. Push down the cutting blade, which cuts the grass perpendicular to the machine.
- Have someone walk behind you like mowing the lawn, rolling it up as you go. This will clearly define where you have made cuts and will also keep SOD free from becoming a stumbling hazard.
When to dethatch
The best time to take off is at the end of summer or early fall. This is the period when the grass is the most vigorous. Before you dethatch, mow the grass a little shorter than normal. On the other hand, you will get better results if you do it after a light rain or watering.
“Aeration” or “coring” are different terms designating the same operation. An aerator extracts carrots from the soil. This loosens the compacted soil and allows air and water to reach the roots. Aeration is considered a better way to dethatch the lawn because it puts less stress on the lawn.
When to air
As with stubble cultivation, grass must be aerated at its most active growing season, i.e., late summer or early fall.
How often should air?
If you have high traffic areas with lots of thatch, it should air every year or every two years. If your lawn is beautiful, you can air at 3 to 5 years.