How to Rid that Lawn of Thatch!


Article by: Kevin Whiteside

You know that brown patchy debris in a lawn , Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden that accumulates on top of the soil , Is Your Fertilizer Poisoning You? but below the grass , Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden line? That's thatch.

Thatch consist of grass , How to Conquer Caterpillars clippings, grass , Flower Crabapples: A Baker's Dozen stems, roots, , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond and other debris that either decomposes or accumulates on a lawn , Time for a Flower Garden Tune-Up over time.

A few reasons thatch can occur are

1) A lawn , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' has never been aerated

2) Cutting high grass , Dutch Tulips frequently and leaving the clippings on a lawn.

Thatch is not always a bad thing as it can hold moisture , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor to protect the lawn , Flower Crabapples: A Baker's Dozen from extreme heat , Zucchini: A Power House of Nutrition and lack of water. , About Crocuses

Questions to be asked before removing thatch(dethatching)

1) Is there enough thatch on the lawn , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? to justify dethatching?

2) If so, what process should I use to dethatch the lawn?

Lawn business owners and homeowners need to measure the amount of thatch in a lawn , Growing Blueberries for Fun or Profit to determine if dethatching needs to be done. I prefer to take a pencil and stick it in the thatch until it touches the ground.Mark the pencil with your fingernail where the thatch comes up to.

After doing this a few times you will be able to eye it and know whether or not to dethatch. The first couple of times you can measure with a ruler.

As a guide, anything over 1/2 inch should be dethatched as this prevents adequete nutrients, air, , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond and water , The Perfect Fern for Shady Gardens from reaching the soil. Excessive thatch can also encourage pests , Time for a Flower Garden Tune-Up and lawn diseases.

Dethatching can be done in 3 ways depending on the size of the lawn and the amount of thatch accumulated.

1) Aeration- For lawns , Spring Gardening Tips that have less than an inch of thatch. This is done with an aerator. Always use an aerator that pulls plugs from the ground as opposed to the ones that poke holes.

2) Rake the lawn , Iris - Species and Care manually- using a leaf rake, garden , How to Build a Pond: Basic Considerations rake, or thatching rake. Raking is fine for small to medium size lawns with thatch less than 1 inch. Raking does take some time, but less stressful on the lawn , Flowers, An Annual Event than a Power , Best Perennial Plants for Summer Color Rake.

3) Power , The Feng Shui of Trees Rake- Also called a Power , Using Popular Rose Varieties In Your Garden Dethatcher. Use this when there is more than 1 inch of thatch on the lawn. , Snakes - They're Not as Slithery as Some People I Know! Power , Your Garden - Growing from Seed Rakes are a stout piece of equipment that uses an engine like a lawn , Using Popular Rose Varieties In Your Garden mower to drive vertical blades or tines to cut the surface of the soil. , Tulip Trees - The King of the Magnolias These blades or tines can be adjusted to certain depths.

You can rent either a power , The Perfect Fern for Shady Gardens rake or an aerator from Home , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 1 Depot or another equipment rental store in your area.

If you decide to dethatch using a power , Plan Before Buying Rose Bushes rake mow the lawn , Using Popular Rose Varieties In Your Garden to about half of its regular mowing height.

The blades of the power , How to Create a Beautiful Landscape Painting rake should be adjusted to cut about 1/2 inch into the soil , Want to Build a Pond? to remove thatch. Always go over the yard twice and change , How to Conquer Caterpillars direction of your paths. , Garden Swings Create an Enchanted Garden Setting For example, (long ways and short ways) or (diagonal one way and diagonal the other way).

After dethatching, rake up all the debris and thatch.

If you would like to fertilize or reseed the lawn, , Snakes - They're Not as Slithery as Some People I Know! this is a good time as roots , No Dig Gardens - How to Build One are exposed.

Water when you are finished dethatching.

Since some power , Want to Build a Pond? dethatching can make a yard , How to Conquer Caterpillars look bad, remember to dethatch when a lawn , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs can recover the best such as right before the prime growing seasons. , Spring Gardening Tips Different types of grasses , Annuals For Shade have best and worst times to dethatch because the growing seasons , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet vary.

Having a healthy , Using Popular Rose Varieties In Your Garden lawn can can definitely improve the look of the landscape , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor and the curb appeal.

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Kevin Whiteside is the owner and editor of Monthly, an online , Edgeworthia Chrysantha newsletter for lawn , Remove the Gorilla if You Want to Sell Your House and landscape , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' professionals. Get a FREE subscription here

He is also the author of "Turn High Grass , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' Into Cold , Time for a Flower Garden Tune-Up Cash- How to Start the Ultimate Lawn , Economically Design Your Own Landscape Lighting Service"

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