Thatching or more appropriately “de-thatching” is the removal of dead grass and moss.
Like Aerating, the best time to de-thatch is in the spring during the rainy season. With thatch removed, air, water, nutrients, herbicides and pesticides can do their job more efficiently. Your lawn will become healthier and more resistant to insect damage and disease. De-thatching at regular intervals promotes denser growth and ensures the vibrancy and resiliency of your lawn.
One of the ways to detect thatch is that you will notice your lawn feels very spongy when you walk on it. In the Pacific Northwest moss loves to take over lawns during our mild, moist winters. If you don’t de-thatch your lawn the moss will eventually completely take over. In addition to moss, many lawns also have a layer of thatch, or dead grass. If you can’t easily touch the dirt below the grass your lawn needs to be de-thatched, because it is this layer of dead grass that prevents your finger –as well as air and water – to penetrate the roots in your lawn.
After we de-thatch your lawn this layer of dead grass and moss will be removed from your lawn, allowing grass seed to penetrate the soil. De-thatching involves two steps: Removing thatch with our de-thatching machine, and then cleaning up the moss and thatch that was lifted from your lawn by our machine. This second step is the most
difficult and time consuming because we will very often fill up as many as a dozen bags of debris. These bags can weigh as much as 75 pounds each!
In addition to de-thatching there are other services that we provide, including aerating, applying moss killer, fertilizer, and seed.
Also, another important part of our job is cleaning up the thatch that our machine leaves behind. You wouldn’t believe how much dead grass and moss our power rake machine can pull up from even an average sized lawn.
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