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What is thatch?
Thatch is a layer of dead and living grass shoots, stems, and roots that show up between the soil and the grass blades in your lawn. Thatch build-up starts when the turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down.
Thatch is a layer of dead and living turfgrass that develops between your lawn and the actual soil. Thatch is an excellent habitat for insect pests and disease, makes mowing difficult. Thatch also reduces air and water flow in the lawn.
Why should you use a thatch removal company?
Sometimes, when the thatch becomes too thick, it does not decompose rapidly enough. water, fertilizers, and weed control products from reaching the grass roots and, in turn, prevents them from being used as effectively. Additionally, you may find that the thatch layer will prevent new seed from sprouting if it becomes too thick. Remember: Grass grows in soil and not on dead grass.
How often to have thatch removed
Although some thatch is desirable in your lawn, too much can result in some serious problems. Thick thatch layers can cause extensive root damage. Because thatch heats up and dries out quickly, the roots risk becoming too dry. We recommend to take a square sample from your lawn, if you have more than 1/4 an inch, it is recommended to use a de-thatching service. Always have thatch removed before planting new grass seed, as thatch will interfere with germination.
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Kentucky Lawn Care Tip
Thatch prevents water, fertilizers, and weed control products from reaching the grass roots. Additionally, it prevents applied grass seed from germinating, because it is unable to make contact with the soil.