What is thatch?
Thatch is a term used to describe a layer of material between the blades of grass and the soil below. Thatch is a good thing and has many benefits. Lawn dethatching in Cedar City is needed when the thatch layer becomes too thick and actually becomes detrimental to the lawn. Around 1/2” is generally recommended as a healthy thatch layer. This provides nutrients, sun and shade, and protection to the grass crowns. If the thatch layer builds up to thicker levels then it reduces water penetration (water stays in the thatch which often leads to fungus or disease), no sun reaches the lower blades, and the roots do not penetrate deeper as they stay in the thatch where water is easy to obtain. Thatch is primarily composed of dead organic material such as leaves and grass. Thatch builds up over time in all lawns.
In Cedar City, certain lawn care practices increase thatch such as over fertilizing with nitrogen, over watering, mowing grass at long lengths, mulching instead of bagging, or even just having soils high in clay leads to increased thatch. Not all of these practices are inherently bad. For example, nitrogen keeps grass green, mulching replenishes nutrients and reduces fertilizer needs by 30%, keeping grass long requires less effort and/or frequency in mowing. The take home idea is that grass builds thatch and it needs to be maintained at proper levels for Cedar City lawns to thrive. An annual power raking in Cedar City and Enoch will help keep your thatch layer at an appropriate thickness.
*Thatch Thickness chart
What is lawn dethatching/power raking?
- A thick thatch layer blocks sunlight, water, and nutrients from the soil.
- A power rake combs out a portion of that thatch layer.
- Sunlight, water, and nutrients are able to enter the soil.
- Roots grow deeper and thicker, grass grows thicker, taller, and darker.
In Cedar City lawn dethatching, sometimes called lawn power raking, thatch is “combed” out of the lawn. Lawn thatching can be performed by hand with a thatch rake. It is hard and tedious work. Image raking, while applying a lot of pressure, your entire yard by hand. We’d be tired just thinking about that. Enoch lawn dethatchings can be performed with a motorized dethatcher that saves time and does a better job. When we do lawn power raking in Cedar City many people are amazed by the amount of thatch that is pulled from their lawn. Many lawns have gone years without having thatch removed. We run into many people that have cared for their Enoch lawn the same way for years and wonder why each year it looks a little worse. While a lawn dethatching service is most likely not the only reason it is usually a major part. In Enoch lawn care there is a variety of elements required to have a thick and healthy lawn.
How is lawn dethatching in Cedar City performed?
Thatch rake in action
Motorized Power Rake
Benefits of Power Raking in Cedar City and Enoch Utah
- Better water, air, nutrient penetration to the roots
- Reduction in chance of lawn fungus & disease
- A more weed resistant lawn (thicker grass)
- Better water absorption (less run off & puddling)
- A more even lawn with less mower scalping
- Stronger roots