There is nothing more delightful than a beautiful lawn overlooking your window. It feels great when you walk bare footed on a lawn, which you have grown with patience and hard work. The thick carpet of grass serves as the fruit and the return of your toil. However, when the grass gets too spongy or when water runs off the surface, its time to work in the garden again and get the thatch out of the soil surface. Thatch prevents air, water and sunlight from entering the soil. In case you need some tip son lawn thatching, feel free to use the ones mentioned in lines below.
How to De-Thatch a Lawn
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- Electric Mulching Mowers
- Garden Rakes
- Lawn Fertilizers
- Leaf Rakes
- De thatching is done to let air, water and light reach the soil surface. When you have a thick thatch, it prevents these basic requirements from reaching the soil. Though de thatching makes the lawn looks coarse for a while, it is just a matter of time. Soon, you will find new grass sprouting up.
- The first step towards de-thatching a lawn comprises of checking whether the grass has grown, to more than an inch long. For this, check for excessive thatch - that's the thick mat of clippings, cuttings and stems that builds up between the green blades and the soil surface. If the grass is more than an inch long, it is the time to start de-thatching.
- The next step in the process of de-thatching is scarping the grass, with a stiff-tined garden rake or a de-thatching rake. Put the tines into the thatch and remove them, but make sure that you do not pull out the grass.
- When you are de-thatching, ensure that you are removing just the debris and not eroding the soil. Run the machine over each swath of lawn only once.
- If you still cannot see the ground clearly, use a de-thatching blade. These blades are commonly used by a gardener and you can rent them.
- If your lawn is very dry, make sure that you water it a day before de-thatching.
- If you are a fresher in the job of de-thatching, start thatching at far ends. By the time, you get closer to the place where people frequently move, you would excel in thatching.
- The messy pile of thatch can be collected and recycled in a compost pile