Controlling thatch is one of the most important, and most overlooked, aspects of a healthy lawn. Thatch is simply the layer of dead grass, roots and debris that accumulates in your lawn.
Over time, thatch creates a thick mat that makes it harder for water to reach the soil and provide the nutrients your lawn needs. This can lead to an increase in pests and diseases in your lawn.
Dethatching is simply the process of removing the dead grass, roots and debris from your lawn. Thatch can be removed manually with a rake or by adding an attachment to your lawn mower that rakes the grass as you mow.
Dethatching attachments for your lawn mower can be purchased at your local lawn and garden store, or if you have a larger lawn you may want to consider hiring a lawn care company to dethatch your lawn for you.
To get the most out of dethatching your lawn, you will want to make several passes. Be sure to never dethatch in the same direction and make criss cross patterns in your lawn. By making multiple passes and criss cross patterns, you will essentially continue to loosen the thatch from your lawn which makes it easier for your bagging system to collect.
Core aeration is the process of punching holes into your lawn to allow moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil. The primary goal of core aeration is to loosen compacted soil and to allow grass roots to absorb the fuel it needs to grow healthy.
Depending on the size of your lawn, there are hand tools and motorized tools available. We use motorized tools because it helps us get the job done faster and the weight of the machine makes it easier to penetrate the most compacted soil.
If you want to have the healthiest lawn in 2020, be sure to start with dethatching and core aeration. We guarantee you will see a huge difference in the thickness and color of your lawn, especially if you haven’t detatched or aerated your lawn in years.