Usage Tips for a Rented Dethatcher
Using a rented dethatcher is similar to using other lawn tools, such as a lawnmower or aerator. The tips below can help you use your rented dethatcher safely and correctly. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store also can provide you complete instructions for using your rented dethatcher.
Safety tips
  • Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using the rented dethatcher.
  • Follow safe lifting practices when loading and unloading rented dethatcher from vehicle.
  • Secure rented dethatcher when you transport it.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety glasses, steel-toed boots and gloves.
Preparation tips
  • Ensure the lawn is dry.
  • Remove all lawn furniture, hoses and other items from the lawn. In addition, clear the lawn of any rocks or debris where you plan to dethatch.
  • Mark sprinkler system, buried cables or other stationary items you could damage when you dethatch.
  • Mow the lawn a little lower than normal.
Usage tips
  • Rent the appropriate dethatcher from your local ARA-affiliated rental store. See Dethatchers: The Rental Solution for Thatch for a description of types of rental dethatchers available.
  • Check and, if needed, service fluid levels in rented gas-powered dethatchers.
  • Set depth level on the rented dethatcher.
  • Adjust the speed of self-propelled, rented dethatchers as needed. Use a slow speed on rough terrains and as you test the dethatcher to become familiar with how it operates.
  • Go over your lawn with the rented dethatcher in the same manner, as you would use a lawn mower. Use the dethatcher only on grass, avoiding steep slopes and paved surfaces. You may need to go over your lawn a second time to ensure the removal of all thatch.
  • Manually rake lawn to remove all thatch. It is normal for the lawn to look stressed after dethatching.
  • Overseed and fertilize the lawn after dethatching.
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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