Professional Residential and Commercial Lawn Dethatching and Aerating

Controlling thatch is one of the most important – and most overlooked – parts of lawn care. Thatch can be described as a tight layer of living and dead grass, roots and debris which develops between the plant and the soil. Over time, it forms a thick mat, preventing water and air from reaching the soil and providing an environment that can encourage pests and diseases. Dethatching can help prevent these problems.

Dethatching

We professionally power rake the lawn in the spring, removing any old thatch and moss in the lawn. We recommend power raking in the early spring before new growth has begun. Power raking is also a great service to combine with over-seeding and aerating, as it opens the lawn surface so that new seed can get better established.  Over time, lawns accumulate thatch. To prevent your thatch from getting too thick, dethatching should be performed about once a year, or whenever the thatch reaches a thickness of about 1/2 inch. To check for excessive thatch – that’s the thick mat of clippings, cuttings and stems that builds up between the green blades and the soil surface. Get down on your knees and part the grass with your hands to see if it’s built up to more than an inch. You can also tell how much thatch has built up by using an aeration device to remove three plugs of soil. The top layer of the plug that looks kind of like peat is your thatch. If it measures more than one-half inch, it is time to dethatch. Water the lawn the day before dethatching only if it’s very dry.

Aeration

Lawn Aeration punches holes into the lawn and soil to allow water and air through and can also help break up thatch. Its primary goal is to loosen compacted soil. This enables the roots to grow deeply, producing a healthier lawn.  It may be necessary to aerate a couple times a year instead of once as required by most lawns.

This service gives new life to tired turf. The best way to tell if your lawn needs aeration is through a screwdriver test. Take a screwdriver out to your lawn and try to push it into the soil. If it is hard to push it in, then you probably need to aerate. If it goes in with just a little bit of resistance, then you do not need to aerate. You should only perform the screwdriver test when the soil is mildly moist. Water your lawn the night before you plan to aerate. This will ensure that your soil is nice and soft. You can also combine the aeration and seeding of your lawn. By combining the aeration and seeding of your lawn, though, you will be able to create a beautiful and full looking lawn. Make sure to water the lawn thoroughly.