TJ's Lawn Care

Dethatching

What is Dethatching?

Over the years, your lawn builds up a layer of dead grass that lies in between the soil and your grass. This layer is called Thatch. Normally, this layer serves to retain moisture in the soil, and as it breaks down, it provides essential nutrients to your lawn to keep it green and growing. However, if this layer builds up to be too dense, it can choke out your lawn, killing the grass. You may notice your lawn does not grow as well as it used to, or it isn't as green as it used to be. Slow growth and dead yellow patches throughout your lawn are symptoms of a dense thatch problem. What to do? By dethatching, or power raking, you stop that dense layer from choking out your lawn, giving your grass the room it needs to grow, and allowing the essential nutrients to reach the soil where it can feed your grass. Dethatching, when done properly, also helps to control those nasty weeds that always seem to pop up in your yard. With our dethatching equipment, TJ's Lawn Care can perform this necessary task for you and restore your lawn's vitality.

Our Dethatching service includes actual power raking, the cleanup of dead grass, and vacuuming all the dead grass up and taking it away. We do not bag the dead grass and leave piles of bags for the lawn waste removal. We vacuum all the dead grass up and take it away.

Unfortunately, dethatching is very labor intensive and time consuming, and we can only do a few per day. This limits how many we can do and how fast we can do them. Also, dethatching is best when done with dry ground. After a rain the wet, soft ground can lead to the power rake pulling up all the grass from the yard and doing much damage. And there are also restrictions on doing dethatchings on newly sodded lawns (within 2 years) and seeded lawns.

Finally, dethatching can be done in the spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October). Summer is not a good time for this service. While spring and fall are both seasons for dethatching, Fall is the BEST time for this work. Dethatching is an invasive process. The fall is a better time for the lawn to recover from that process, and your lawn naturally repairs itself and prepares itself for winter in the fall. Unless your lawn is in dire need of the work, consider scheduling your dethatching in the fall, and coupling it with an aeration and seeding to prepare for the spring.

Please Note: It is VERY IMPORTANT to water your lawn after the dethatching and seeding has been completed! At least 15 minutes daily, either early morning or early evening. Grass seed cannot and will not grow without proper watering!

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