Jan 17 2020
Discover 7 lawn dethatching tips from the pros so you can dethatch your lawn, or know what to expect when you hire a company like ours to do the work
Thatch is a combination of organic matter that collects in the soil. It may include grass clippings, roots, and dead stems, among other constituents. It is good to have some thatch in your lawn, but if that thatch gets too thick (1” or more), then it can become a nuisance that starts to block water and nutrients from getting to the grass’ roots.
Today we are providing some lawn dethatching tips for a healthier lawn. You can use these tips to attempt the dethatching process yourself. If you would prefer to have the professionals handle it, then you are at the right place. Maffei Landscape offers complete lawn care and landscaping services to Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts. You can trust in our nearly 30 years of service. Contact our team today to discuss the specifics of your next landscaping project and receive a free quote on it: 508-477-4814.
Three lawn dethatching tips for stopping the growth of thatch to start
- Overwatering your lawn is one way thatch will buildup. Avoid overwatering. It can be easy to overwater a lawn, especially if you are using a sprinkler system on a timer. Although seemingly efficient, sprinkler systems may lead to excessive watering more easily than doing it by hand. One inch of water per week is a standard amount for most lawns.
- Mowing infrequently or too high is another way that will allow thatch to build up. It is best to avoid removing more than one third of the grass when mowing. Cutting more than one third of the grass will lead to thatch buildup.
- Avoid over fertilizing or using fast-release nitrogen. Fertilizers, especially those that release nitrogen quickly, will lead to quick growth of the lawn. This fast growth can in turn lead to thatch buildup more quickly.
Four lawn dethatching tips for removing buildup
- Mow your lawn lower than you typically do before dethatching, about half its usual height.
- Use a dethatching rake if the thatch is not too thick. If your lawn has a lot of thatch buildup, then you may need to rent a dethatcher.
- After dethatching has commenced, rake and remove the loose thatch.
- Use grass seed on any place where there are bare spots. Fertilize and water accordingly after dethatching.
If the thatch buildup is excessive and you need to rent a dethatcher, then you need to ensure that you use it properly. Ask the people you rent it from to explain how to use so you have a basic idea in front of you.
You can hire Maffei Landscape to do the tedious job of dethatching for you
Dethatching can be a process unto itself. Fortunately, you do not need to do it yourself. We can help if you are located on Cape Cod or Southeastern Massachusetts. Our knowledgeable team brings decades of experience to the job and will dethatch your lawn in a timely manner. Count on Maffei for all of your lawn and landscape needs, any time of the year. Contact us now for a free consultation on your next project: 508-477-4814.