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    Dethatcher

    Any advice on a John Deere front dethatcher for my X580 would it mount right on or do I need special mounting bracket?

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    If you have the front Quick Hitch, you may want to give some thought to this mount:

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    If you buy new, it'll come with a manual lift mechanism that should fit right on your tractor. I bought a used one that was missing parts of the lift. So I made my own hydraulic lift.

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    I also have a rear 3Ph thatcher. Sometimes I use them together to gather sticks in the spring. The front it is better because you can mow/vacuum in the same pass.
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    Mount bracket is separate and model specific.Same thatcher different mount.
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    I can attest to the build quality of the first system. I bought mine on eBay and assembled it last week. It is very well made and does a great job in the garage. I am a few weeks out from running any lawn equipment on the urf. I will report back after I run it.
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    I bought one of these for raking. Set it deep and put two weights in the boxes and it dethatches like crazy!

    Rakes nice widrows (I usually circle the yard and pickup one or two rows) of fresh cut grass and leaves too.

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    Paid right around $425 for it in JD green. Comes in two boxes and is easy assembly. If you take the two tine mounts off (2 sets of 3 wheels stay attached to them) it stores with a fairly small footprint too.
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    I know people want to just "do things", especially in the Spring. Dethatching IMHO does more damage than good. It is an excellent way to get weeds seeds especially crabgrass down to the soil and get weeds growing. I have a small chemical application business doing custom fertilizing and herbicide applications and am licensed for such work. I follow the same practices golf courses do an thatching is not one of them and golf courses have the best turf you will find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firewood Bandit View Post
    I know people want to just "do things", especially in the Spring. Dethatching IMHO does more damage than good. It is an excellent way to get weeds seeds especially crabgrass down to the soil and get weeds growing. I have a small chemical application business doing custom fertilizing and herbicide applications and am licensed for such work. I follow the same practices golf courses do an thatching is not one of them and golf courses have the best turf you will find.
    I see you are in Wi. They dethatch Black Wolf and Brown Deer Park I know for sure first hand. They also teach and require dethatching practices in the USGA Turf Management Program. I do agree that Golf Courses have some fantastic turf. I am sure many courses don't run a dethatcher but they are replacing that practice with power raking, variety of aeration techniques, and even some that use blowers/vacs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swazimotto View Post
    I see you are in Wi. They dethatch Black Wolf and Brown Deer Park I know for sure first hand. They also teach and require dethatching practices in the USGA Turf Management Program. I do agree that Golf Courses have some fantastic turf. I am sure many courses don't run a dethatcher but they are replacing that practice with power raking, variety of aeration techniques, and even some that use blowers/vacs.
    Verti cutting bentgrass tees and greens is common on golf courses, but I have never seen it done on fairways and roughs. If dethatching is done it should not be done in the spring. Here is a good article on the subject.

    Why Dethatching Can Hurt Your Lawn - Chippers Mr Grass Blog


    My yard has never been dethatched and I drive at least 100 trips a year over it with a truck and trailer hauling firewood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firewood Bandit View Post
    I know people want to just "do things", especially in the Spring. Dethatching IMHO does more damage than good. It is an excellent way to get weeds seeds especially crabgrass down to the soil and get weeds growing. I have a small chemical application business doing custom fertilizing and herbicide applications and am licensed for such work. I follow the same practices golf courses do an thatching is not one of them and golf courses have the best turf you will find.
    In with you! I used to use a dethatcher on my lawn at my old house and ferilize once or twice and my grass was always crap. I moved to my new house 4 years ago and have never thatched once. And my lawn has been amazing. Only thing i do is have it fertilzed with natural fertilizer 4 times throughout the year. Last year only 3 times due to all the rain. It wouldnt stop growing.


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