It's just to much fun!See all that brown and black stuff?That's all dead moss.
That moss killer really did a good job with kicking its butt.
But I wanted to hold off on ripping the rest of it out because I'm going to incorporatethat with another step that you should consider in your rehab program, dethatching!But what exactly is thatch and why should we worry about getting rid of it?In a nutshell, thatch is organic material that sits and builds up on top of the soil.
It's usually tightly woven and sits just beneath the top of the grass blades.
It's usually made up of leaves, stems, roots, and just other organic material that tendsto gather in a yard.
A half inch to three quarters of an inch of a thatch layer is actually OK, this much canhelp insulate against temperature extremes and fluctuations in the soil.
The other benefits to having thatch in your yard is it can slow water loss.
It also will cushion soil, and decrease composition, helps improve turf tolerance against footand mower traffic, just really kind of strengthens it up!The cons to having thatch is it prevents water, fertilizers, or insect and disease controlto get down to the soil.
It can also block sunlight to the lower portion of the grass blades.
It could hold too much moisture which will allow for disease to set in, it will causeshallow root development, and it could just create and uneven lawn which will lead touneven mowing, which will lead to you scalping the yard.
Though thatch is natural, there are some things that could cause it to build up.
Over fertilizing with to much nitrogen can cause a thatch build up, as well as over watering,or mowing to high, and heavy clay soil.
Which is what good old Georgia dirt is!Now that we know what thatch is, we have to ask, do I have to dethatch?One of the things that you can do is walk across the lawn.
If its spongy or bouncy under your feet, and feels kind of springy, you need to dethatch.
Simply examine your lawn.
If you can't see the soil, your most likely looking at thatch, and you need to dethatch.
If you can't push your finger through the thatch layer, it's to tough, and needs tobe thinned, you need to dethatch.
You can measure!Dig a small portion of your lawn with a spade shovel, like we did in the soil sample video,measure that, look at the thatch layer directly on top of the soil, if it's thicker than threequarters of an inch, you need to dethatch!For smaller yards with less than an inch of thatch, you can use a specialized rake.
Like this one!Special thatch rakes like this one will have sharpened tines that will help lift the thatchaway from the soil.
Manually dethatching like this will also cause less stress on the yard and all you gottado is use the same motions as you would with a traditional rake.
If you're doing it right, you'll actually feel the thatch lifting up from the soil.
Now if you think you've got more than an inch of thatch, and manually doing it isn't yourcup of tea, you can go and rent some power equipment.
The equipment you're going to rent is called a versa cutter, or a verti cutter, or a powerrake.
Similar to what we used in the moss video.
These machines have vertical blades or wired tines that are going to slice into the thatchand lift it up out of the lawn for you.
Now they are heavy and it takes a bit of muscle to maneuver them around, but if that's theroute you're going to go, I believe in you!You can do it!I personally don't feel like spending another seventy five bucks to rent a power rake, Ialready did that for the back yard.
So I'm going to use the thatch rake and do it manually.
Cue the montage and music!Probably can't tell much on camera but I see a very big difference in the yard after dethatchingit.
I see the soil level and the yard just looks cleaner, and looks like it can breath better.
The lawns going to look pretty beat up after you dethatched it.
Just make sure to water it so that it can recover and also make sure to rake and removeany of the thatch that you pulled out.
You can either compost this s you can use it for mulch later, or, like me, I just baggedit up and threw it away.
If you made bare spots in the yard, just note where they are and reseed those spots laterone.
A couple of other quick little tips when you're going to dethatch.
If you have sprinkler heads or you have termite bait stations, or other hidden objects likethat, mark where they're at so that you don't accidentally destroy them in the process.
When using a thatch rake, you don't have to man handle it!You just use it just like you would a normal rake.
The sharpened tines will dig into that thatch for you and pull it up off the soil and thenyou just have to simply pull that thatch off and dispose of it however you choose.
So that's it!That's all there is to dethatching.
A walk in the park.
Or a walk in the lawn?Probably a walk in the lawn.
A power rake is most certainly quicker and easier but I found it some what therapeuticto do this manually.
Guess I'm weird like that!Now if your thatch is pretty mild, plug aerating might be enough.
Aerating will dethatch the lawn for you when the plugs are removed and it will also avoidcreating bare spots in your yard.
That's probably the method that I'm going to use for the back yard.
Pretty sure I hit and covered everything when it comes to dethatching.
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