Thatch is a layer of plant materials like living or dead roots, crowns and lower shoots of grass that will not decay. It builds up at the base of your lawn and forms a barrier to water and air movement in the same manner as compaction. Thatch is primarily a problem of heavily fertilized and watered lawns. Even though clippings are removed regularly, thatch can still form because older plants and leaves resist decay and prevent natural compost to help properly feed your lawn.
Why thatch is bad
Once thatch starts to form, it can quickly develop which often results in even more thatch. Thatch build-up will result in the following:
Causes shallow root development
Harbors disease-causing fungi and insects
Prolongs high humidity, which promotes disease
Prohibits the consumption of air, water, and nutrients into the soil
Binds or ties up pesticides resulting in poor performance or even lawn death
With over 10 years of experience in professional lawn care and turf management, Jagusch Lawn Care is an excellent choice to perform a power rake or a dethatching of your lawn. If you need help, there is no need to look any further. Having these services performed will cause slight damage to your lawn by removing some living grass but unfortunately, this cannot be avoided. Remember that this is necessary to fix the issue and it will quickly heal itself. And if not controlled, a serious thatch problem may result in more costly repairs or even lawn replacement.
Many people (and businesses) are not even sure what the difference is. So how do you know what you need or what service is being provided? Let us help you to understand:
The difference in the two services is how the type of blade used on the dethatching equipment and how deep the cutting goes. Both services are typically performed with the same equipment but the operator will adjust the setting to your needs.
Dethatching involves the use of flail type blades that are designed to rip out excessive thatch. The dethatching machine is set low so that the blades reach into the surface of the soil. If a lawn has excessive thatch and it is then dethatched, a lot of plant material will be removed from the lawn. It is quite common to see a few pickup loads of dead thatch removed from an average-sized lawn.
Power Raking involves using fixed knife-like blades that cut dense thatch instead of ripping it out. The dethatching machine is set high so that the blades just skim the surface. Power raking does not cause the extensive damage that dethatching does, thus recovers faster and maintains better grass density.
Thatch removal should be initiated whenever accumulation exceeds 1/2 inch. Early fall is the best time for dethatching and power raking of lawns. So be sure to take a good look at your lawn and see how well it’s doing. We are happy to help review the conditions of your lawn and help you to schedule a time to have the appropriate services you need.