Dethatching and Aerating Your Lawn at the Same Time
Managing and controlling the thatch is a crucial part of lawn care that is often overlooked. After all, to the eyes of most lawn owners, the thatch is nothing but dead grass, leaves, roots, and debris. But layers and layers of accumulated dead grass, leaves, and roots can form a thick mat that has terrible effects on the health of your turf.
The layers of thatch on your lawn can hinder the air and water to reach the soil. Moreover, it can provide your greens with an environment that easily encourages diseases and pests.
There are two ways you can prevent the thatch from causing you problems. You can do that by performing aeration or dethatching. Both are essential practices that can help preserve the health of your lawn.
If your lawn isn’t growing as it should even though you feed it regularly, the culprit could be thatch or compacted soil or both. In this case, you need to act and find a way to improve the health of your turf. If you think the problem is compacted soil or a thin layer of thatch, the solution is aeration. If the problem is a thick layer of thatch, you can resolve this by dethatching.
Aerating Your Lawn
Aerating your greens will loosen the soil, which will allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the grass’s roots easily. It can provide your lawn with many benefits such as reduced soil compaction, improved water penetration, air exchange, fertilizer use, and rooting, decreased water runoff, and enhanced thatch breakdown.
The best time to aerate is in the summer or spring for warm season lawns, while cool-season grasses are best aerated in autumn. You can use a liquid aeration product to break down the thatch and reduce soil compaction. On the other hand, you may also choose to aerate mechanically. In that case, you need an aeration machine that can run over your turf and pull plugs of soil out of your yard.
Dethatching Your Lawn
Although this article says dethatching and aerating at the same time, isn’t recommended unless the lawn needs it. Dethatching is a big project and may do more harm than good to your lawn especially if it doesn’t need it. You shouldn’t need to dethatch if you aerated and mowed down your lawn enough.
If your turf has too much thatch, it can hinder the growth of grass and cause it other health problems. You should only dethatch if the thatch is too thick (more than ½” to ¾”). In dethatching, you are going to need a verticutter or a dethatching machine to run over your lawn. Its vertical blades cut through the soil then pulls up the thatch.
It can effectively remove the thick thatch, but it will also cause a big mess. Expect that you will need to bag plenty of stuff. If you think your turf requires dethatching, it is best to make sure by talking with a lawn tech. You must first make sure you need to do this to maximize the benefits and minimize the adverse effects of dethatching.
Published on March 15th, 2019
Updated on July 28th, 2019