Seattle Lawn Thatching Benefits

/Seattle Lawn Thatching Benefits

What Is Lawn Thatching

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.

Benefits Of Lawn Thatching

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.

How Does It Work?

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Thatch is a dense mat of roots, stems and grass clippings that accumulate between the soil and growing blades of grass.

  1.  I use a BLUEBIRD power rake which effectively removes thatch build-up.
  2. With thatch removed, air, water, nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job.
  3. 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.

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.

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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.

For Those That Like to Do It Yourself

The problem with thick thatch is that the grass roots are rooting within the grass itself, rather than into the soil.

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*Please Mark Sprinkler Heads and shallow lines before our arrival!
Thatching is the removal of old, tired, grass and moss. The process I use is called “Power Raking.”
Soils with a PH less than 5.5, heavily compacted soil with high clay content, over-watering and over-fertilizing of lawns with poor soil conditions, and frequent shallow watering.
Thatching cost is by estimate, considering condition of the yard at the time thatching is performed, degree of difficulty, size and whether or not multiple passes are required.
Your lawn will be very spongy, your lawn mower wheels will sink into the grass and the blade scalps the grass.
If you have not thatched your lawn for many years, it’s best to not remove it all at once. Thatching can put your lawn under heavy stress.
Spring and fall, when the lawn is dry, actively growing and can repair itself quickly. It is best to thatch lighter in spring and heavier in fall when the lawn can rejuvenate itself most easily.
When water has problems getting through the thatch layer and your lawn has become too spongy and is rooting within itself. I have found fall to be the best time of year because fall temperatures are stable and seed germination happens very quickly.
  • Aerate seed and fertilize twice a year. Aeration helps to stimulate microbes that digest thatch the newer grass seed produces less thatch when mature.
  • Use low nitrogen fertilizers with slow release technology.
  • Apply an organic fertilizer twice a year for healthy soil; healthy soil will digest excess thatch.
  • Rather than watering lightly often, deep and infrequent watering will encourage strong root growth while discouraging thatch development.
We do offer raking for an additional fee but we do not offer haul away services.  If you are going to have a heavy thatch job (as will be established in the consultation) we recommend having a large yard waste bin available.
My aerator is 26″ wide so as long as you have a 27″ of space, we will be able to carefully make it fit.
We require someone to be present for your consultation so there can be a conversation about the details/usage of your lawn while inspecting it. Some details can help beforehand, but ultimately every lawn is unique. With Aerating-Thatching Co, you are not just hiring a man with a machine; you are investing in the future of your lawn.
Stewart will begin by walking over your lawn with you and discussing your usage, needs, and concerns in more detail.  During the consultation he will be evaluating the health of your soil and provide you with a couple options for his recommendations which will ultimately be your choice.  If you choose to proceed immediately, he will have the crew in the truck ready to work on the spot.  If you need time or further maintenance before he can work, you will both discuss accordingly.  Ultimately there are no two lawns alike, just like a fingerprint, and Stewart is the expert to help you read that mystery language.  If you are in need of something Stewart doesn’t offer, then he has great local contacts or other folks he can recommend so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

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