Dethatching lawns - Knowledgebase Question

Bloomington, MN (Zone 4)
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Question by constance_he
May 5, 2005
I heard you should not dethatch your lawn when you have a fertilizing service. It does something to the soil, is that true?

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2005
Dethatching removes dead grass stems and surface roots. It's normal for lawns to have a layer of thatch, but when thatch builds up to more than one-half an inch, it can cause problems with water penetration (and fertilizers, too, for that matter). If you have a fertilizing service, call and ask their opinion. It would be a shame to dethatch immediately after they've applied fertilizer - you'd be effectively removing the fertilizer when you rake up the debris that accumulates after using a power dethatcher.

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