Why You Need a Professional to Handle Your Lawn Thatching
For those that may be unfamiliar with the term, thatch in your lawn is a layer that consists mainly of dead roots, stems and crowns that is located in between the soil and the green grass in your lawn. Having some thatch in your lawn is a good thing because it helps preserve moisture in the soil.
Too much thatch can be bad. When it is too deep it can stop water from reaching the roots of the grass and will absorb any pesticides or other lawn treatments, in turn preventing them from doing their job. Too much thatch can also increase insect problems and diseases in your lawn. If new grass is planted, the roots can actually grow into the thatch instead of finding their way to the soil. The seed that does find its way to the soil will likely grow too fast while it seeks out light and will become long and thin with shallow roots versus the rich green, thick, plush grass you were hoping for.
Hiring a professional to handle your lawn thatching job not only saves you the time of having to do it yourself, but will also ensure that it is done properly and that just enough thatch is left behind to help the soil retain moisture. Many professionals will already own and be trained in the proper use of a dethatching machine. They will be experienced and able to cut through the thatch, lift the mess of old debris out of the grass and get rid of it for you. If you attempt to handle this yourself, you may end up tearing holes in your lawn. If this happens, you risk not being able to save the lawn and may end up with the expense of hiring a professional to reseed or re-sod your lawn.
It is important that lawn thatching is done at the proper time of the year. If you call in a professional lawn care company, they will know exactly when to come onto your property and take care of your thatching needs. By making the decision to hire a lawn care professional, you will also have the opportunity to learn the proper methods of prevention to ensure that you do not wind up with a future thatch problem. Some examples of preventative measures that you may learn more about include the use of products that contain natural enzymes, proper ways to fertilize and water your lawn, and how to maintain the proper PH.