If you’ve been watering and fertilizing your lawn but it still looks dry and lifeless, excessive thatch could be the cause. Thatch is a normal part of life for lawns, but too much can strangle and kill grass. Continue reading to learn why dethatching is important to the life of your lawn, and how Broadway Rental’s lawn and garden rental equipment can help.
What is Thatch?
Thatch is the layer of compost that gradually accumulates at the surface of the soil, between grass and its roots. It’s made up of decomposing grass clippings, grass stems and roots, and other debris. Thatch isn’t all bad – it protects grass roots. However, excessive buildup can occur when lawns are overwatered or overfertilized.
Why is Dethatching Important?
When thatch builds up to more than 3/4 inch, it can restrict the penetration of water, oxygen and nutrients into the soil, as well as harbor harmful organisms and disease. Regular aeration can help to slow thatch development. However, the only way to remove existing thatch is by dethatching.
How to Dethatch a Lawn
First, mow the lawn to about half of its normal height. Mark any sprinkler heads or buried utility or irrigation lines so you don’t accidentally damage them. Then, use a dethatcher or power rake to lift and remove the thatch. Make sure the blades are set to cut no deeper than 1/2 inch into the soil.
After dethatching, you’ll need to rake up and remove the loose thatch. If you’d prefer to skip that step, Broadway rents a power rake with a catcher, in addition to our standard power rake/dethatcher. Both are available for a four-hour or daily rental period.
From trailers to scaffolding, trimmers and mowers, saws, skid steers and more, Broadway Rental has the affordable rental tools and equipment you need for your next lawn and garden or remodeling project. Check out our full Minneapolis rental equipment catalog to find the right tools, and get in touch to get started today.