A common question many people have with regards to their lawn is “when to dethatch a lawn”. Thatching is recommended for your lawn on an as needed basis. If your lawn is starting to get a lot of yellow grasses or look unhealthy or starts to be filled with moss, then it is time that you thatched your lawn. There is no suggested time with regards to how often to thatch a lawn.
The Best Time of Year to Dethatch?
The best time of year to dethatch your lawn, is when the grass is actively growing and the lawn can repair itself fairly quickly. For most people, and this is in the spring and in the fall. The spring is probably the most common time to thatch a lawn. When people thatch in the spring, they can also get rid of moss that has started to grow in their lawn over the winter. It also gets rid of grass that has died due to a lack of sunlight over the winter months. Most people prefer spring thatching because it allows them to have a really nice looking lawn by the time summer rolls along. The best way to dethatch your lawn is to either use a dethatching rake or else rent a power rake. After you get rid of the thatch, you want to make sure that you over seed and fertilize your lawn.
How Do You Know If Your Lawn Has Too Much Thatch?
It is fairly easy to tell if your lawn has thatch or not. You can do this simply by walking across your lawn and if you leave footprints in it, then your lawn probably has too much thatch. Another way to test is to take a core sample of your lawn. You can do this with an aerator. The spongy layer between the soil and grass is the thatch layer. If it is fairly thick or if the core is really springy, then your lawn could definitely benefit from a good thatching.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Thatching?
There are many benefits to thatching your lawn. One of these benefits is that your grass will have less competition from other organic material including moss and dead grass. This means it will have more access to air, water, sunlight, and nutrients. When you thatch your lawn, you make it a lot easier to over seed and have success. You will probably germinate 30 to 60% thicker seed growth after you have taken the time to Thatch your lawn because it gives your grass seed a place to take root and germinate.