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Dethatching Information

Professional Dethatching Solutions For Homes & Businesses

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You may have heard the term "thatch" regarding lawn care. This term refers to the layer of organic matter and debris that accumulates on your lawn over time. Whether it be dead leaves, roots, grass blades, or other forms of debris, this matter builds up over time to create a layer of thatch.

While a certain amount of thatch can be beneficial in protecting your lawn, too much thatch mustn't build up. When the layer of thatch is too thick, the root zone of the plants can't receive the nutrients they need. Without access to these nutrients, your lawn suffers. That's why dethatching is an essential part of lawn maintenance. The best way to achieve a healthy lawn is to get help from a team of experienced landscaping professionals and schedule dethatching services as needed. The experts at DeRosa Landscaping are here to help. Here are some of the most common questions about our dethatching services.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dethatching

What is the difference between dethatching and aeration?

While dethatching and lawn aeration both benefit lawn health, they are different processes, and you should treat them as such. Both of these practices help fertilizer, water, oxygen, and essential nutrients reach plant roots; however, they use different tools and different approaches to achieve this.

Aeration breaks down compacted soil by punching holes into the soil, allowing roots to access nutrients. Dethatching, on the other hand, reduces organic matter and removes layers of dead grass and other debris from the top layer of the soil. Aeration is done with high-power aerating machines, while dethatching uses a rake or specialized lawn cutter.

Is dethatching good for your lawn?

Dethatching has a lot of benefits for your lawn. The process removes weeds, thatch, and unwanted material from the turf, leaving you with a fresh canvas. Our dethatching process includes the following:

  • Removal of heavy excess thatch from the top of the grass roots
  • A two-step sequence, where we make diagonal passes to optimize thatch removal
  • Collected material gets removed off-site to a composting facility

Call DeRosa Landscaping to learn more about our dethatching process and how your lawn can benefit from our services.

How critical is thatch for a good lawn?

As mentioned, too much thatch on your lawn harms the health of the plants and grass, but a certain amount of thatch is considered beneficial. A small layer of debris can help protect your lawn from the elements, like extreme weather conditions and temperatures. In fact, appropriate amounts of thatch can save up to a pound of fertilizer annually.

However, if the layer of thatch becomes too thick, it can suffocate the roots. Dethatching allows you to maintain a healthy layer of thatch while removing excess debris that affects the health of your lawn. If the layer of thatch on your lawn is over half an inch, it's time to consider dethatching.

Can dethatching help revive a dead lawn?

Yes, dethatching revives dead grass by exposing the roots to sunlight, water, air, and nutrients. This process encourages plant growth and improves the health of the grass, bringing it back to life. It's an essential practice to keep your lawn green and healthy, and it can give your lawn new life.

Can you walk on your lawn after dethatching services?

After dethatching, your lawn is delicate, so it's important to minimize the traffic crossing your turf and avoid walking on it for a few days to allow the roots to recover more easily without the added stress of compacted soil that results from walking across the lawn.

If you want to discuss your dethatching needs, we recommend meeting with a lawn care specialist. Call DeRosa Landscaping today to get started. We're eager to help.

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