Dethatching Will Benefit Your Lawns For Years

Dethatching is Essential to Rejuvenate Your Lawn


Dethatching is essential to a beautiful lawn. Not all lawns need dethatching every year, but if your lawn needs it you should contact DTL Total Turf Care for a free assessment.


What is Thatch?


Thatch is a loose, intermingled organic layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that develops between the zone of green vegetation and the soil surface. 

Thatch build-up begins when turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down. Those parts of grass plants that are the most resistant to decay – stem nodes, crowns, fibers of vascular tissues, and roots – make up the bulk of thatch. 

Although you’ll find some leaf clippings in the thatch layer, they usually don’t contribute to thatch build up because soil microorganisms easily break them down.


Why is Thatch an Issue?


A thatch layer that is less than 1″ is healthy and has many benefits to lawns’ health. A build-up of thatch over 1″ can increase pest problems by harboring large populations of disease-causing organisms and insects. 

Some fungicides and insecticides are bound in thatch, thereby reducing effectiveness and preventing movement into the soil.


When Should You Think About It?


If your lawn needs dethatching, the best time of year should coincide with the peak growth time of your grass. This is best achieved in summer when temperatures are hot. 

Dethatching and lawn aeration are two different processes, and both can work together. Often our recommendation is to proceed to dethatch first to remove the barrier of organic matter accumulated during the growing season then proceed to aeration.


How to Proceed?


There are multiple different mechanical techniques to dethatch with rakes and vertical mowers. DTL Total Turf Care offers a very cost-effective approach to removing excess thatch in your lawn. 

The days of mechanical thatching are a thing of the past. We offer a liquid solution that contains key bio-stimulants combined with microbes, fueled by molasses that will digest any dead organic matter that makes up a thatch layer. 

This process is simple and very cost-effective and can be done anytime during the growing season. Get in touch with us to get a free estimate.


What to Do After Dethatching?


After dethatching, it is ideal to proceed with overseeding with our Blue Tag Certified Seeds. This will bring your lawn back on track. Learn more about DTL Total Turf Care overseeding offer.

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