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How to build a drag mat

Updated March 23, 2017

Drag mats are used on lawns after they have been freshly sowed or partly reseeded to make them less patchy. They improve the contact between seed and soil, which provides healthier and more successful new growth. Industrial drag mats and harrows are pulled behind tractors, but a smaller version, simply made from chain link fence, can be pulled by hand or by a ride on mower.

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  1. Lay the chain link fence section on a flat surface.

  2. Weave the fence post through the top row of holes in the chain link, so that it is going under a link then over the next link.

  3. Cut six 50 mm (2 inch) lengths of fencing wire, using the wire cutting section of the fencing pliers.

  4. Thread a piece of wire through the end hole in the fence post around the piece of chain link fence nearest to it. Twist the two ends together by holding them in the pliers and turning them a few times.

  5. Repeat Step 3 at the far end, and at 30 cm (1 foot) intervals along the fence post. The post should be tied to the chain link by the wire in six places.

  6. Tie one end of rope to the fence post 30 cm (1 foot) from the right end. Tie the other end of the rope to the fence post 30 cm (1 foot) from the left end.

  7. Tip

    Using tape wrapped around the centre part of the rope will make it gentler to use if you will be pulling it by hand.

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Things You'll Need

  • 150 cm squared (5 foot square) section of chain link fence
  • 150 cm (5 foot) Galvanized Angle Fence post
  • Fencing Wire
  • Fencing pliers
  • 300 cm (10 foot) rope

About the Author

Louise Jones has been a technical writer since 2006 and is the director of a technical writing company, providing literature for U.K. construction firms such as MITIE and Balfour Beatty. Her work also appears on various websites, focusing on business and technical articles. Jones has a postgraduate certificate in education and has been trained in information technology. She studied English at Cambridge University.

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