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Petrol powered lawn rake versus scarifier

Advice please... 

I have a little Wolfgarten scarifier, and if a lawn is moss infested a spray of moss killer, followed a week or so later by a few passes of the Wolfgarten does the trick, however I have a number of lawns where  there is a definate thatchbut no moss 

What do others use? Looking on Google there are a number of domestic machines, things like the Hyundai HYSC210 and the Cobra S40C Petrol Lawn Scarifier 2-in-1. the other thought... does anyone know if there is a lawn rake cartridge that fits into the Wolfgarten machine??  I can't justify (unless I can get an Ebay special) a professional machine, before you all suggest machines at £1k +  :)






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  • PRO

    I use a stihl MM55 with tines on thatch and used it to rake out dead moss . 

    This season have had superb results treating moss in lawns with mo Bacter and not had to rake out any moss as it appeared to digest the moss   The relentless downpours certainly helped to enhance the mo bacters performance .

  • PRO

    Adam, theres normally a fair few Eliets / Camon / Allen  / Dori scarifiers popping up on ebay going around the £300-£500. Go for ones with a Honda engine and photos of the blade condition. Poor blades should be factored in eg Eliet £200 for a set.

    I've bought all my Eliets over the years this way, max price £600 for a tidy 501.

    • PRO

      as with john -- first year sing MoBacter and very impressed -- timing with the rain periods has been great and ill be looking to use more in the future. As a note MoBactor are i believe just about to launch an early autumn product that also digests moss and some thatch. Regarding its suggested pack coverage - im not sure you need to use it anywhere near as string as they suggest -- its listed as covering 200m2 -- id suggest maybe 400m2 might be fine for low/average moss etc 

      • PRO

        I found similar results applying the mobacter sparingly and calibrated in the palm of my hand so probably less accurate . 

        Agree timing with rain fall was the key factor and also fortnightly cuts even though the grass was left longer than normal . 

        Wouldn't have attempted it under drought conditions . 

        Saved alot of work and resulted in a beautiful lawn and better finish . Customer very impressed . 

        will be looking into the new product .


        • PRO

          Good to know John, personally at the 200m2 application i would think there would be way to much nitrogen and massively over fed grass. Really think they shold address the application rate as thats what puts people off using it due to expense. I even heard a supplier advising it works better on the moss digestion at a far lower rate. ill be trying it at up to 400 - 500m application rate next spring and if that works i think its financially an excellent product. If it does help digest minor thatch as well then its a no brainer - the actual nitrogen and growth was lovely, great product !


      • I,ve not tried Mo bacter but have used Recoverysame company) on complete lost causes and it,s been brilliant. Will trial all there products although pricey they really work


  • I have bought an Eliet 501 from a local garden machinery company for £280.  I have used it 4 times to date at £50 for machine hire plus my time.  I have a couple of more lawns to do next week and then I will get  my money back. Ideal machine as it's compact, quiet and does a good job. 

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