This harsh but effective lawn management task necessitates the purchase or rental of a good pull behind dethatcher — because of its wider working width, a tow behind dethatcher is faster on the job than a power rake, manual, or walk-behind dethatcher in larger greenspaces.
These machines, which are towed by riding mowers, tractors, UTVs/ATVs, and other vehicles, are expensive, and it’s usual for first-time homeowners to ask if they function and are worth the money.
To put it another way, do they efficiently remove the thatch that is suffocating the health of your grass by forming a barrier that prevents moisture and other critical grass nutrients from reaching the root system?
So, before you make your final selection, read through this helpful guide to learn everything you need to know about these items.
How Pull Behind Dethatchers Work
Perhaps you’re aware that the tool has rows of blades or knives that plunge into the ground to cut through tangled grass.
Some dethatchers, on the other hand, comb the yard with heavy-duty tines and prongs, removing accumulated thatch and bringing it to the surface for mulching or removal with a lawn sweeper or vacuum.
In either case, the procedure is simple: simply run the tool over your lawn two (or three times, if necessary) times to properly dethatch it.
Now for the most important question: do dethatchers with pull behinds work?
Do pull behind dethatchers work
Pull behind dethatchers, in our experience, work remarkably well and are the most dependable way to achieve maximal thatch removal when the thatch layer is deeper than the maximum permitted depth (5-inch).
In reality, the dethatching action is perfect for the majority of them – simply tow the attachment over the lawn with any rider/tractor (including a ZTR or ATV) to have it uproot enormous amounts of dead grass, moss, and other debris quickly.
Once you’ve got it set up right, the tines are tough and aggressively break up then drag up layers of thatch to the surface.
I should point out that you have complete control over the process; you may tow the machine around as few or as many times as you want to remove as much thatch as you like.
Furthermore, these dethatchers contain characteristics that prevent the tines from burrowing too deeply.
The adjustable wheels on the popular Brinly DT-48BH Tow Behind Dethatcher, for example, prevent the tines from digging too far.
Others have an adjustable bar that allows you to lower and elevate the tines as needed, and they operate flawlessly.
Other factors that drive people crazy include:
1. They are less harsh on lawns.
Dethatching, if done incorrectly, may cause a lot of harm to grass and may even be counterproductive to your aspirations to create the most beautiful lawn on the block.
With a towable dethatcher, this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about.
Take the Brinly Dethatcher, for example: its spring tines are designed to be elastic, so they gently comb across lawns, uprooting thatch without harming the grass!
Furthermore, these dethatchers frequently come with more adjustable options.
When dealing with a lawn that is already weak or dethatching susceptible spring grass, for example, you can choose the light detaching option.
When you come across areas that require comprehensive and extensive dethatching, you can switch to aggressive mode.
2. You get to dethatch in a wider variety of designs.
When it comes to ridding your lawn of a dense underlayer of thatch and preventing it from returning, you don’t have much of a choice but to completely dethatch the area.
Dethatchers with a pull behind tend to outperform their less expensive counterparts in this category.
Because of its generally more imaginative engineering, you can tow it across the yard in a variety of patterns for excellent outcomes.
To put it another way, you may drive it around the yard in vertical, horizontal, and even circular rings to get the most out of it.
3. You have the option of adding more extra weights.
While the weight of the dethatcher can sometimes be enough to dig the tines deeper into the soil, most of them have a larger weight tray to carry additional weight if necessary for more rigorous dethatching.
Adding more weight has another advantage: it’s the greatest way to keep it from bouncing around when being towed too fast (for the best results, maintain the ground speed as low as possible) or when crossing uneven terrain.
How do I change the dethatcher’s pull?
When you adjust the tine height so that they grab an exact amount of thatch each time, dethatching is usually most effective.
Before you begin, make the following adjustments for the best results:
Place it on a level, smooth surface, such as your driveway.
Kneel down and examine the position of the tines. The tines should be just visible above the surface (not more than a few inches above the ground).
If this is not the case, adjust the height by turning the knob or lever a little at a time while keeping an eye on the tines (see to your owners manual for the correct way to go for your machine).
Now start your tractor and make two perpendicular passes to dethatch (overlap each time). Check to see if the machine is ejecting the exact amount of thatch it should be.
Make changes as needed, up or down, but no more than 14 inches at a time, until you obtain the desired results.
Make sure your hands and feet are clear of the tine tips during the adjustment to avoid injury.
Because of the wider working swaths, a pull behind dethatcher saves time when it comes to larger properties when compared to a power rake, manual, or walk-behind dethatcher.
More importantly, its enhanced design—specifically, the use of stronger duty metal, longer and harder tines/blades, and larger weight trays—means they not only remove thatch thoroughly but also make the entire operation more user-friendly.
The good news is that there are a plethora of models to select from, whether you want to hire or own completely.
Do your research and select a model that will best suit your yard’s requirements.