Dethatching is more than just an optional operation, but an imperative one during particular times of the year. It is not you who dictates when it has to be done, but your area, weather and state of your lawn. Why should you do it? Well, here are some of the most important reasons.
- Dethatching gives a better look to your lawn. Normally you do it to gather the garbage. This includes thatch, dead leaves falling from the trees or sear branches.
- Every time after aerating, using a lawn dethatcher is mandatory in order to remove the thatch pieces.
- Whether you use a regular rake or a power rake, taking away the dry turf will definitely allow the water to reach the grass roots. Thatch usually holds water, developing a second layer of grass and suffocating the main one.
- Power rakes also ensures the grass connection with the oxygen.
- Nutrients are also to be considered. Ignoring your lawn and allowing the thatch to develop thick layers will hold the nutrients before they actually reach the soil.
- In time, more storms may cover your lawn with lots of things, whether they come from the trees around or from other lawns. If you know you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, a power rake will help you deal with this problem. The more you rake, the harder it is for thatch to develop.
- Don’t forget about the fall season. Whether you have wild or mild autumns, trees still lose their leaves. Even if you don’t have many around you, leaves will still get around your lawn. And they’re not even green, but dry and brown, so the look is even less aesthetic.
Therefore, dethatching is a must. Ignoring your lawn will not only lead to an unhealthy and pale looking grass, but to entirely losing your lawn in time.