Dethatching

Dethatching

Dethatching

Dethatching is a valuable service for encouraging a healthy lawn. Moreover; thatch is the matted layer of dead and decaying grass, stems, and roots. Grass clippings which are 80% water and decompose quickly, do not contribute to thatch. In addition; light thatch is beneficial for lawns, it provides shade for roots and retains moisture. But; larger quantities of matted debris, however, need to be removed before problems occur.

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Too much thatch calls for dethatching

If the dead matter is one-half inch or higher, it interferes with nutritional needs of grass. Furthermore; when a thatch layer is too thick, this will keep water and nutrients from reaching roots. And, should this occur, the grass will take on a yellow appearance. This change in color is due to the lack of elements such as nitrogen and iron. In fact; not only is this damaging to a lawn, but unhealthy grass encourages weed growth.

Excess of thatch also prevents new grass seeds from reaching the soil to germinate. Additionally; these signs are all indicative of excess thatch, and this calls for dethatching.

Dethatching For Removal Of Excess Debris

Vigorous hand raking of small lawns will remove thatch, but this is labor intensive. Moreover; larger turf areas require power rakes or dethatchers. The process has to be correctly timed to avoid damaging new grass plants. So; 207 Lawn Care is professionally equipped to handle dethatching of any size lawn. Our equipment is professional commercial grade, and it is efficient.

Prevention  

One way to prevent thatch buildup is to aerate. This process removes small plugs of turf from the soil. In addition; we at 207 Lawn Care believe it’s good practice to do both. This process would provide optimum grass and landscape care. Moreover; beneficial insects are also of benefit when added to a yard. Specific earthworms, for example, help to consume thatch, then release nutrients to benefit the soil. Clearly; keeping excess thatch at bay allows the proper nutrients, water, and seeds to reach the soil. Being proactive in maintaining a lawn and landscape pays dividends in the long run. Furthermore; for areas with thin grass, dethatching, aeration, and beneficial insects are instrumental in lawn building.

General Observations 

Thatch is a natural result of lawn care; it is a typical element. But it may go largely unnoticed until it creates a problem through excess buildup. Moreover; dethatching is typically warranted when your lawn turns yellow or looks unhealthy.

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