How to Get Rid of Thatch on Your Lawn and When to Do It


If you take care of your lawn regularly and keep it in maintenance, you'll be able to rest at ease knowing that your lawn is developing strong and healthy like it ought to. In addition, you will not need to worry about the tasks like mow, trimming weeds and dethatching. Many property owners attempt to dethatch or aerate by themselves, but usually, they are not able to complete an effective and professional job like an experienced landscaping company like Cutting Edge can do. They provide services for lawn maintenance like Aeration - dethatching Downriver Michigan, meet them to discuss your unique lawn care and maintenance needs.

You Should Think About Dethatching Your Lawn If:

  • There is a lawn made of cool season grasses or grasses. The most popular of which are perennial ryegrass Kentucky bluegrass and Fescue. These grasses thrive in areas in areas where winters are colder. They grow by producing underground rhizomes.
  • There are spots on your lawn that are extremely thin. This is because the grass blades are fragile and are far from one another.
  • The lawn is covered with large brown spots in which the thatch is thick enough that it temporarily smothers almost all grasses in the area. lawn.
  • The water runs through your lawn before it is able to be absorbed by the soil. This is particularly challenging in sloping areas where thatch creates a barrier for water absorption.
  • Your lawn has been heavily compacted from the heavy foot traffic and you are looking to aerate it or even have it professionally aerated. (Thatch build-up must be cleared prior to Aerating a lawn.)
  • You are planning to over your lawn in the autumn (which is always an excellent idea).

When To Dethatch?


The timing is vital and you could cause greater harm than benefit by dethatching in the wrong way. The ideal time to dethatch your lawn is in the early fall that is for at the very least 4 weeks prior to the end of the fall/summer growing season. Dethatching early in the fall will help your lawn be prepared for autumn feeding, providing it with the best opportunity to survive the winter months and then rebounding rapidly next spring.

In late spring, after several weeks of growing green grass is the best time to remove the thatch. If you had dethatched in the autumn, there is no need to remove the thatch in spring. There is almost no accumulation during winter.

The Final Step

When you can you can, water and feed your newly dethatched lawn as soon as you can. Although a lawn that has been dethatched may appear ragged but you will be amazed and thrilled, by how beautiful your lawn will look after only few weeks.

If you have cut your lawn during the autumn, this is the perfect time to re-seed the lawn, and. Your lawn will be ready to survive winter and an easy spring recovery.

If you have dethatched your lawn in late spring, you might want use a pre-emergent grass killer to prevent the weeds out of competing with the lawn plants to get water or nutrients.