Thatch is a tightly woven organic layer of dead and living shoots, stems and roots which accumulates just above the soil’s surface. Thatch can come about from over-fertilization, over watering or soil compaction.
Thatch is necessary to have in some amount. Anything under .5” is healthy. It helps keep your lawn moist and moderates the soil temperature. But too much thatch interferes with the movement of air, water and nutrients, reducing the health of your lawn. This can lead to susceptibility to disease, drought and insects as well.
A professional lawn care company will measure your thatch, then use a machine to rake and remove the thatch which can then be used as mulch or placed in a compost pile.
Different grasses should be dethatched at different times of the year. Kentucky bluegrass, for example, is better to dethatch in the spring when it is actively growing, and never in the summer. A professional lawn care company will know when to dethatch your particular breed of grass.
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Spring or fall is always just around the corner, so it’s never too early to start planning your dethatching maintenance options. Contact Stockinger LawnScape Solutions anytime, and we’ll find a solution that fits you.