How to Use a Drag Harrow

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How to Use a Drag Harrow
A drag harrow can facilitate seed growth and remove dead plant matter. (cow on a pasture image by Maria Brzostowska from

Most drag harrows these days are multifunctional tools designed to help with a variety of land preparation activities. They are often attached to a vehicle or tractor and dragged around fields, pastures and yards. Depending on the weights, angle of the harrow tines and field or pasture, these tools can do everything from spreading grass seed to thatching dead growth. Whatever you need it for, a drag harrow will be one of the simplest lawn tools you'll use this season.

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Things you need

  • Tractor or vehicle with trailer hitch
  • Weights

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  1. 1

    Hook the drag harrow up to the machine you'll be pulling it with. Tractors work best, but in their absence you may use a vehicle.

  2. 2

    Flip the drag harrow to either the tined side or the smooth side according to your needs. The smooth side is best for helping distribute recently sowed grass or pasture seed to the soil, or for smoothing out dirt or gravel surfaces. The tined side is best for thatching and removing dead growth.

  3. 3

    Add weights according to the task. For thatching and removing dead growth, add enough weight for the drag harrow to grip the ground when pulled. For seeding or smoothing, add just enough weight to ensure the drag harrow makes even contact with the ground.

  4. 4

    Start your tractor or vehicle and pull the drag harrow around the field or pasture. If the drag harrow begins to skip, bounce, or ride on top of the pasture grass, add more weight.

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