Thatch - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by allarmywife
March 30, 2010
What is the easiest way to remove thatch from a lawn?

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010


Dethatching is done in spring before the lawn gets off to a new start. The steps, in order, are: 1) scalping -- setting the mower as low as it will go and taking the grass to within 1/2 inch of the ground; 2) dethatching -- using a rented machine that rakes the mat of runners right out (hand dethatchers are available but they are not efficient and can wear out the best of us if the lawn is large); 3) aerating -- using a rented piece of equipment that removes small plugs of soil which you then fill in by raking compost across the lawn.

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