Thatching is the removal of old, tired, grass and moss. The process I use is called "Power Raking." Thatching can be done by hand, but this is very tiring and cumbersome.
The best time to thatch is in the fall and late spring when your lawn is dry and the thatch is light and fluffy. This allows me to remove the maximum amount of thatch, while minimizing stress to your lawn.
With thatch removed, air, water, nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job more efficiently. Turf becomes healthier and more resistant to insect damage and disease.
The best way to insure a healthy lawn in spring is to properly prepare your lawn for winter. By thatching, seeding, aerating and fertilizing in fall, your lawn is able to resist winter moss, water damage and crane fly infestation. Dethatching at regular intervals promotes denser growth and ensures the vibrancy and resiliency of your lawn.
Many of today's fertilizers mask problems with your lawn.
Applying a heavy greening agent such as a high nitrogen fertilizer creates a deep, dark green lawn that can hide the underlying thatch. One of the ways to detect thick underlying thatch is that your lawn will feel very spongy.
The problem with thick thatch is that the grass roots are rooting within the grass itself, rather than into the soil.
(1) Thatch is a dense mat of roots, stems and grass clippings that accumulate between the soil and growing blades of grass.
(2) I use a BLUEBIRD power rake which effectively removes thatch build-up.
(3) With thatch removed, air, water, nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job. Turf becomes healthier and more resistant to insect damage and disease.
(4) Dethatching at regular intervals promotes denser growth and ensures you'll have a vibrant lawn.