When is the best time to dethatch your lawn?
Dethatching is a method of lawn mowing that is usually performed every 1-2 years. This method of lawn maintenance consists of cutting blades, like rakes or garden hoes, and removing the pieces of debris from the lawn. Although it may seem like a tedious task, there are specifics that must be followed in order to properly dethatch a lawn.
There are several factors that will affect how often a lawn must be dethatched, how thoroughly one should dethatch the lawn, and of course when one can expect results. Detailed information will be provided within this article.
The best time to dethatch a lawn is when the ground is moist. This helps prevent soil from drying out, which may result in browning or spotting of the lawn. In general, it’s best to do this work in late fall, just before winter begins and temperatures start to drop significantly.
If you’re not concerned with soil drying out, then you can do this work in either spring or early summer when areas are exposed and less likely to freeze and thaw during the winter months. This process should not be done in late summer or early fall, as it is best to work with soil that is dry and may be too hard to penetrate.
Dethatching will most likely require more than one tool. You’ll need at least a dethatcher with metal blades, otherwise known as a garden rake. You’ll also need a sharpened shovel to dig out any areas where the grass has become so encased in thatch that the metal blades can’t remove it. It may be useful to have a small pickaxe, but only if you plan on digging up the grass and want to remove the stolon’s.
To properly dethatch a lawn, you must start in small areas. This way, you won’t have to worry about running into areas of hard soil that are unable to be dug up or removed. Start by dividing up the lawn into manageable sized sections (about 1/3rd of the area). You can do this either by measuring out the space or by just judging the area by eye.
You will want to begin with a circular motion as you begin to cut off stolon’s and dethatch the lawn. You can use one rake/dethatcher or two, or even several if there is a large area of lawn. The number of rakes used will depend on how big your lawn is and how big your rakes are.
How thoroughly should I dethatch my lawn?
Currently, there is a wide range of opinions regarding how thoroughly one should dethatch their lawn. If a lawn is properly dethatched, it is important to remove the soil from the roots of each blade of grass. The point at which this happens will vary depending on the size and shape of each blade of grass. This will allow for maximum growth and subsequent color.
Some experts recommend removing 10-15% of the blades, while others suggest up to 25% be removed. The removal percentage is only an estimate and should not be adhered to in order to get the best results from your lawn.
Dethatching a lawn every 1-2 years allows you to remove any dead grass and thatch from the surface of your lawn. This can increase air circulation and will help your grass to grow healthier and better. When is the best time to de-thatch a lawn? Usually, late fall or early spring before winter begins.