Almost every lawn requires dethatching almost once a year, or whenever the thatch thickness reaches roughly 1/2 inch. Controlling thatch on the lawn is important and normally overlooked part of law care.
Thatch is the layer of dead grass, debris and roots that collect between the soil surface and the green grass blades above the ground. Over time, the thatch forms a thick mat, preventing air and water reaching the soil and producing conditions that encourage disease and pests. However, dethatching can prevent all these problems from getting to your lawn.
Tool and machines
For small lawns, you can use a special dethatching rake. The rake’s sturdy, crescent-shaped and sharp tines slice into the thatch and rake it up.
For larger lawns- it would help to use a hire a landscape company or rent a dethatching machine. The dethatching machine is similar to the grass mower, but it has knifelike blades that cut the turf vertically.
Take several crisscrossing passes to loosen and cut the thatch, rake up everything and remove all the debris. The dethatching machine has several settings. It will be important to adjust the blades 3 inches apart and high setting. However, for tougher grasses like Zoysia, and Bermuda, the blades should be set lower and just an inch apart.
Excessive thatching, more than 1/2 inch thick, is known to cause significant problems in lawn maintenance. Thatch consists of a tightly interwoven layer of dead and living tissues of leaves, stems and roots that resist decay. A little thatch can improve the lawn’s wear tolerance, but too much can host insects and disease organisms. Therefore, your lawn will become susceptible to damage from drought and disease. However, the problems can be eliminated by dethatching. Dethatching with offer an immediate solution to your lawn’s problems, but it will be necessary to find the contributing factors and execute the required changes to get a long-term solution.
Thatch control is a critical process that you can undertake during spring. Thinning out the thatch in spring helps clear old, dead grass, and additional organic matter that could have built up and was not broken down. De-thatching opens up your lawn allowing increased water and nutrient intake, and severing rhizomes and stolons which promote new growth. The stimulated growth and the warm spring temperatures make the period perfect for dethatching.
De-thatching is carried out when the thatch layer is more than 1/2-inch deep and when your lawn displays signs of distress such as thinning and browning patches of grass.
Dethatching removes the dead barrier in the soil, tearing it for raking away and preserves the actively growing grass. You should remove the excessive thatch from your lawn to encourage water and nutrients uptake and improves the appearance and health of the lawn.
Dethatching encourages deeper root system growth, which results in heartier and thicker lawns. Regular Dethatching removes thick underlays that may hold moisture and lead to pest and fungal infestations. Aesthetically, de-thatching removes decaying lawn debris and the unattractive brown layer, which leaves your lawn green and encouraging new growth.
When should I dethatch?
Dethatching should be undertaken during spring or early fall. Dethatch your lawn when it is growing actively to ensure that the torn grass roots and the existing bare spots will result quickly in the new growth. You should dethatch your lawn every year for all lawn with signs of distress.
Lawn Restoration Recommended
After dethatching your lawn, we advise that you follow it with a lawn restoration service as either will be areas on the lawn that will be left bare, in areas where the thatch killed all the living grass. Restoration would consist of immediate aeration followed by heavy spot seeding and heavy overseeding to restore your lawn to its perfect condition. Your landscape company will also assist determine the right thatching thickness and how to maximize on its benefits.
Turn your lawn into the perfect ground regardless of its current state. Your landscape company can work with you to get your lawn back to shape by conducting detaching. The results will be amazing, and you’ll receive added advantage on advice for long-term excessive lawn thatching prevention. Why not give your landscape company a call today and make arrangements to change the condition of your lawn by scheduling a dethatching.