thatching and or mulching - Knowledgebase Question

detroit, mi
Question by cseries59738
July 30, 2007
i have a tremendous amount of thatch - would you still leave grass clippings on this type of grass?


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Answer from NGA
July 30, 2007

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Thatch is a build up of dead stolons or rhizomes. If the layer is thick enough, it can prevent water and fertilizer from penetrating to the soil. Dethatching can remove most of the debris. Grass clippings can contribute to thatch, but generally they decompose to almost nothing once the moisture evaporates. If you don't intend to dethatch your lawn any time soon, you probably should bag your clippings; if you do dethatch, you can continue to leave the clippings on the lawn.

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