Benefits of Thatching Your Lawn
Thatching or more appropriately “de-thatching” is the removal of dead grass and moss.
Like Aerating, the best time to de-thatch is in the spring during the rainy season. With thatch removed, air, water,nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job more efficiently. Your lawn will become healthier and more resistant to insect damage and disease. De-thatching at regular intervals promotes denser growth and ensures the vibrancy and resiliency of your lawn.
How Do You Know When It’s Time to De-Thatch?
One of the ways to detect thatch is that you will notice your lawn feels very spongy when you walk on it. In the Pacific Northwest moss loves to take over lawns during our mild, moist winters. If you don’t de-thatch your lawn the moss will eventually completely take over. In addition to moss, many lawns also have a layer of thatch, or dead grass. If you can’t easily touch the dirt below the grass your lawn needs to be de-thatched, because it is this layer of dead grass that prevents your finger –as well as air and water – to penetrate the roots in your lawn.
After we de-thatch your lawn this layer of dead grass and moss will be removed from your lawn, allowing grass seed to penetrate the soil. De-thatching involves two steps: Removing thatch with our de-thatching machine, and then cleaning up the moss and thatch that was lifted from your lawn by our machine. This second step is the most difficult and time consuming because we will very often fill up as many as a dozen 75 pound bags of debris from an average sized 2,000 square foot lawn.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is de-thatching? De-thatching is the removal of dead grass and moss with a power rake machine.
- What causes thatch? There are many causes for thatch, including: Heavily compacted soil with high clay content, over-watering and over-fertilizing of lawns with poor soil conditions, and frequent shallow roots.
- What does de-thatching cost? Eastside Landcare charges $65 to de-thatch a lawn that is up to 2,000 square feet, and $15 for each additional 1,000 square feet.
- When is the best time of year to de-thatch my lawn? Like aerating, spring and fall is the best time to remove thatch from your lawn, particularly during the wet spring months of March through June. It is best to de-thatch during the spring because the lawn can quickly rejuvenate itself due to the ideal growing conditions that spring weather provides in the Pacific Northwest.
- Can you de-thatch my lawn while it is raining? Yes, we work in the rain. The only exception is if we are having extremely heavy rain as this can damage the lawn. If this is the case we will wait for the lawn to dry out for a day or two once the heavy rain stops. However, light to moderate rainy conditions will not prevent us from doing lawn renovation work.
In addition to de-thatching there are other services that we provide, including aerating, applying moss killer, fertilizer, and seed.
Also, another important part of our job is cleaning up the thatch that our machine leaves behind. You wouldn’t believe how much dead grass and moss our power rake machine can pull up from even an average sized lawn.
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