Thatch is a layer of build-up that contains dead grass, debris and roots. This forms a layer between the surface of the soil and the grass blades. The layer can become thick and keeps water, air, and nutrients from reaching the soil. This can then cause pests and diseases in your lawn. It is important that the thatch is removed. This process is known as dethatching. A lawn needs to be dethatched every so often. This is often overlooked, but it is very important for the health of your lawn.
Dethatching should take place at least once a year. Whenever the layer of thatch has a thickness of around half an inch, that is the time to dethatch. Spring is the perfect time to dethatch your lawn because the weather isn’t too warm. If you dethatch in the heat of the summer it could cause damage to your grass. Thatch can be removed by using a special dethatching rake or a dethatching machine, depending on how large the area is.
We can let you know if your thatch build-up has become too much. Now is the perfect time to dethatch so you have a healthy lawn before summer.
By: Hannah Raines
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