What Is Lawn Thatching
Thatching is the removal of old, tired, grass and moss build up. With a variety of different methods, the process I use is called Power Raking.
The best times to thatch are in fall or the late spring, as this tends to be the time of year your lawn is at its driest and will become light and fluffy, allowing me to remove maximum amounts of dry grass, while minimizing stress to your lawn.
Benefits Of Lawn Thatching
With thatch removed, air, water, nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job more efficiently. Turf becomes healthier and more resistant to insect damage and disease.
How Does It Work?
Thatch is a dense mat of roots, stems and grass clippings that accumulate between the soil and growing blades of grass.
- I use a BLUEBIRD power rake which effectively removes thatch build-up.
- With thatch removed, air, water, nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job.
- Turf becomes healthier and more resistant to insect damage and disease.
- Dethatching at regular intervals promotes denser growth and ensures you’ll have a vibrant lawn.
The best way to insure a healthy lawn in spring is to properly prepare your lawn for winter. By thatching, seeding, aerating and fertilizing in fall, your lawn is able to resist winter moss, water damage and crane fly infestation. Dethatching at regular intervals promotes denser growth and ensures the vibrancy and resiliency of your lawn.
Many of today’s fertilizers mask problems with your lawn.
Applying a heavy greening agent such as a high nitrogen fertilizer creates a deep, dark green lawn that can hide the underlying thatch. One of the ways to detect thick underlying thatch is that your lawn will feel very spongy.
The problem with thick thatch is that the grass roots are rooting within the grass itself, rather than into the soil.
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- Aerate seed and fertilize twice a year. Aeration helps to stimulate microbes that digest thatch the newer grass seed produces less thatch when mature.
- Use low nitrogen fertilizers with slow release technology.
- Apply an organic fertilizer twice a year for healthy soil; healthy soil will digest excess thatch.
- Rather than watering lightly often, deep and infrequent watering will encourage strong root growth while discouraging thatch development.
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