Dethatching is a very important part of the cleanup process, and it can take place in either the fall or spring. Over time, layers and layers of dead material can start to form on top of the soil, making a nice cozy home for insects and even diseases! This layer can be easily removed with the process called De-thatching. Once this layer is removed, it will minimize insect life, as well as allowing an opening for air, moisture and nutrients to reach the roots of your turf.
When we perform the dethatching process in the spring, we typically follow seven steps. These seven steps will have your lawn looking good again in no time! Let’s go over these steps together:
- We check for excessive clippings, cuttings and stems that build up over time. There are usually a lot more of this debris after a long cold winter. We literally get down to eye level with the grass to see if the buildup is more than an inch.
- When we remove the excessive clippings, cuttings, steps and other debris from your yard, your soil will be able to access the sunlight and rain water it needs to survive.our grass. When there is thick thatch covering up the soil, the sun and water has no way to reach the soil; so when we perform dethatching, your lawn will get the nutrition it needs to grow healthy. In some extreme cases, we have to rip at the lawn in order to get the thatch out, which can cause your lawn to look a little rough for a little while; but once the sunlight and water hits that soil, your grass will begin to look brand new again!
- We usually take a thick rake and start hitting the thatch hard to completely remove it from the soil; after we use the rake, we are able to pull out the thatch. When using the rake, we are careful not to pull out the grass.
- If that doesn’t work, we have a dethatching blade that will tear up all that excess debris.
- Typically we like to water the lawn the day before we perform our dethatching services. When you call us up and request a dethatching job, we might have to inspect your lawn first, and see if it needs to be watered before we begin the process.
- When using the dethatching blade, we only go each area of grass one time; when doing this we have to be very careful not to hit the soil. The soil must be left untouched, as it plays a vital role in the health of your grass.
- Finally, after we get all the thatch from your soil, we take a regular rake and clean up all the debris, leaves and thatch we dug up.
For more information about our dethatching services please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.