Everybody wants a green, lush lawn that you they can be proud of. If you are having trouble with dead spots or if your lawn feels too "spongy" when you walk on it, it may not be a lack of water of fertilizer that's the problem. It might be time to remove some thatch!
Thatch is essential excess or dead grass clippings, or other organic matherial, that settle under the surface of your grass. Removing it is a relatively simple process, if you have the right tools.
What you'll need:
- A dethatching rake
- or, a dethatching blade for your lawn mower (attachment)
Step by Step Instructions
Find the extra thatch. Get down on your knees, stick your fingers in-between the grass blades, and dig for the soil. Does your lawn have a lot of built up clippings? How thick is the build up? If you can't easily see the soil it's time to remove some of the thatch.
Realize that after dethatching your lawn will look rough temporarily. Once the water, light, and air are able to reach the soil you'll start to see new, healthy grass blades. Depending on where you live and the type of grass you have, it typically best to dethatch during the winter.
Using a thatching rake, pull up the extra thatch by raking it toward you in a sweeping motion. If you are having a hard time getting the thatch to come up, wet the grass ever so slightly. Just enough to get the thatch damp. This will cause it to stick together and will make for easier removal. It usaully best to go back and cover the same section twice.
Work hard. Removing thatch is a lot of work - plan on working up a sweat. The good news is that you shouldn't have to do this every year and it will make your lawn look great!
Clean up all the extra thatch. You will be surprised how much comes up off your soil. Make sure you have lots of heavt duty garbage bags at the ready.