How To Dethatch A Lawn Yourself

By Alex Williams | Lawn & Garden

May 17
lawn dethatching

Whether you have owned your home for many years or you are a first time homeowner, regular maintenance on your lawn is essential.  This maintenance includes thatching your lawn. Before you can begin this form of maintenance, you must first understand what this means and what you are expected to do.  And once you understand what it means to dethatch your yard, you must decide on a method of doing so that will best suit your individual needs.

A thatch is what can form in your yard when the dead grass clippings and similar filler prevents the new grass from growing properly.  Dethatching is the process of cleaning your yard up from this to give your grass the best chances of growing properly.  It is a step of lawn care that is often overlooked due to the fact that many people are unaware of the necessity of this maintenance.

Dethatching should be done once or twice a year.  There are two methods that you can use to dethatch your yard.  These two methods while offering different steps both offer the same end results.  Your choice will depend on the size of your yard, how much money you are willing to spend, the time you have available and your personal preference.

The first method that you can choose from is the manual method of dethatching.  This method only costs as much as the rake that you choose to use.  What you will want to do is rake up the dead grass into piles being sure to not miss any of the dead grass.  Then you will need to remove the piles using a wheelbarrow or whatever other method you prefer to use.  The important thing to remember with this method is to remove the dead grass piles to give your new grass the best chance to grow and thrive.

The second method for dethatching your lawn is much easier on you than the manual method.  If you own a riding lawnmower, you can purchase a pull behind dethatcher that will attach to your lawnmower.  You will simply ride your lawnmower all throughout your yard while your dethatcher works just as the rake does.  Once you have gone over the whole yard, you will still need to get rid of the dead grass as you did with the manual method.  But this method of dethatching is much simpler in terms of the physical work required of you.

Whether you choose the manual method of dethatching or you choose to use your riding lawnmower to assist with the dethatching, this is still a maintenance that should be done several times a year.  This helps to ensure that you have a healthy lawn and will help to prevent any serious problems or issues down the road.  It is a simple step but a major one that is often overlooked by those who do not know that this is something that needs to be done.

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