Reducing and removing thatch from lawns
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Lawn thatch control is a major issue which must be addressed. Here’s how to deal with it;
You may be wondering why your lawn has thatch and how to remove thatch from lawns;
- Lawn thatch is totally different from moss – don’t confuse the two
- Thatch is a build-up of organic matter on the surface of the lawn above the soil
- Occasionally thatch does occur further down in the soil profile but this is unusual
A scarifier as used for moss removal can be effective removing thatch. Watch this video of moss removal to see how:
How do I deal with lawn thatch?
So you might be asking…
Why does my lawn have thatch?
What should I do to reduce thatch?
When should I remove thatch?
What can you do to reduce thatch in your lawn?
A thatch free lawn needs you to do the following:
- Ensure you lawn is not receiving too much of the wrong type of nutrition – Excess nitrogen encourages thatch
- Regularly aerate your lawn to encourage beneficial microbes – they eat thatch!
- Address lawn nutrition with a professional lawn treatment plan
- Scarify regularly to ensure organic matter doesn’t build up
- Make sure your lawn is receiving enough water in dry periods. Microbes need water to live.
Maybe you’re wondering why more people don’t do this;
Well, the answer is simple;
Thatch reduction/removal is hard work requiring specialist knowledge and equipment
4 problems with thatch in your lawn;
- Thatch is a layer of organic matter that isn’t broken down by microbes as it should be
- Thatch reduces the amount of moisture that can reach the roots
- Nutrition struggles to penetrate through the thatch resulting in poor grass growth
- Thatch reduces the amount of air exchange through the soil which reduces the population of microbes and results in more thatch build-up
So how do you get rid of thatch in lawns?
Follow these steps carefully;
- Identify and address the reasons for thatch in your lawn
- Scarify the lawn HARD, ideally with a fixed blade machine
- Aerate the lawn to improve any compaction
- Top-dress the lawn with a high carbon dressing to feed the spoil microbes
- Keep the soil moist – water regularly in dry weather
- Apply a wetting agent to keep water in the soil for longer
- Ensure you have the right nutritional plan in place to aid grass recovery
Want to know the best part?
Save yourself time and money on lawn care;
It’s more cost effective to pay a lawn care professional and achieve the best results than to do it yourself!