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A Rented Dethatcher Cleans Up Your Lawn

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.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your dethatcher needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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