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Lawn Mower Dethatching Blades 101

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Lawn dethatching can keep your lawn looking its best. But, what's the best way to go about it? Many people rent a lawn dethatching machine every six months to a year, and use it over the course of a few days. Others call professional lawn services to handle the job.

Purchasing a lawn dethatchingblade for your mower is another option. The blade attaches to your existing mower and promises to make dethatching the lawn as easy as mowing. But does it really work that way?

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Lawn Dethatching Blades: When and How to Use Them

Choosing a lawn dethatching blade for your mower can be a good idea, but only if you handle the blade and the dethatching properly. These points might help you decide if a dethatching blade is a good idea for your lawn:

  • If your lawn is flat, a dethatching blade can work well. If it's hilly, stony, or has many slopes, a dethatching machine or power rake might be a better idea.
  • Always use the proper mounting tools and equipment. This is not the time to use whatever you can find laying around in your garage! An improperly installed lawn dethatching blade can quickly ruin a good mower.
  • Choose a quality blade. A good lawn dethatching blade isn't just an accessory. It does a heavy-duty job, so, choose a blade that can handle the workload.

For every homeowner who swears by the wonders of dethatching blades, you'll find another who thinks they're a terrible choice. Research your brand of mower and the blades available for it before heading to the store to make that purchase.



About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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