As the weather continues to warm up and you begin to spend time preparing your lawn for spring, one of the first and best things you can do for your lawn is thatch control.
What Is Thatch?
Thatch is the buildup of both dead and living grass stems, roots, and organic material that has developed between the base of the grass and the soil.
Small amounts of thatch can actually be beneficial to your lawn. It provides insulation from severe temperatures and foot traffic while aiding in moisture conservation. The problem with thatch is that it builds up faster than it can break down and too much thatch (over a ½ inch) can be detrimental.
Not only does excessive thatch create a welcoming environment for lawn pests, but it can also prevent the grass’ roots from growing and sprouting. The thick barrier also prevents essential nutrients from getting to the roots in the first place.
What Is Dethatching?
Dethatching is the process of thinning out and removing the thatch from your lawn. Ultimately giving your grass room to receive those important nutrients, grow, and thrive in the springtime.
Dethatching is done with a power rake which looks similar to a push behind mower. Instead of tearing the thatch out, the power rake uses knife blades that rip the thatch up and bring it to the surface, where it can be easily removed. This process is much easier than if you were to go out and manually attempt to rake the thatch up yourself, and is much more effective in the long run.
When Is The Best Time To Dethatch?
Early spring (mid-March – early April) is prime time to dethatch. There are a couple of reasons for this:
Why Should I Dethatch?
One of the best reasons to dethatch your lawn is to give your lawn a fresh start, and a head start, on the growing season. If you’re striving for that lush, green, and healthy lawn this year, this is where to start! Dethatching will alleviate soil compaction, it will boost water and nutrient penetration to the roots, and it will ultimately result in stronger root systems, stronger grass, and a more beautiful lawn.
Got thatch? Give us a call at Colonial Lawn & Garden today to schedule an appointment for our dethatching service. And if you’re looking to get your lawn ready for spring, we can help with that too. Contact us here, or at (509) 966-1655 to hear more!