Friday, March 20, 2009


De-Thatching (Power-Raking): The Often Missing Ingredient of a Healthy, Vibrant Lawn

So you been regularly watering and fertilizing your yard and it still doesn’t measure up to the other homes in your neighborhood.

It could be just a simple problem called “excessive grass thatch”! That’s right . . . repeated mowings cause a buildup of “grass clippings” on your lawn which choke off the ability of air, water and essential nutrients to penetrate into your soil to allow healthy growth. This condition also promotes the growth of yard fungus

This layer of grass thatch which contains dead and living weeds and grasses smothers your lawn when the builds accumulates to ½” or more. When this happens your lawn must be “de-thatched or power-raked” with a mechanical machine to restore and promote healthy growth.

To reduce the amount of grass thatch build up in your yard it’s best to

· rake all fallen leaves in the fall
· rake all excess grass clippings after mowing
· avoid over watering your lawn
· avoid over fertilization of your yard

The best time for de-thatching your lawn is when the grass is still living and growing which allows quicker recovery time from the power-raking process. The late spring months or late fall after an aeration are the best times for de-thatching to ensure the grass has time to begin growing regularly again.

Unless the lawn has extremely heavy thatch buildup of ½” or more, regular aeration treatments would be better. We recommend not fertilizing the lawn for at least 45 days prior to power-raking; any application of herbicides should be applied after power-raking; and power-raking works best after a light rain or watering the lawn. We also recommend mowing the lawn to the lowest height for a particular grass for the best results.

To revitalize your lawn just contact me for a FREE ASSESSMENT. Call me, James Stewart at 509-590-3188 or email me at: mowermanhonda@yahoo.com.

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