Excess thatch accumulation can really choke the life out of your grass! Thatch is a dense layer of living and dead stems, roots, and crowns of the grass plant at the soil surface.  This dense layer can act like an old time thatched roof, blocking water, air, and fertilizer from reaching the roots in  your lawn. This results in a very

     Contrary to popular belief, grass clippings are not the prime cause of thatch build-up. Clippings are the leafy part of the grass plant, composed of 85 to 90% water. Small finely chopped clippings can easily be digested by soil microorganisms and therefore do not contribute to thatch build-up. Notice I said “finely chopped” clippings. It is imperative that your mower blades are regularly sharpened, and you cut your lawn often enough that your mower can chop your clippings into fine pieces. By doing so, these clippings will easily be broken down before your next cut. And you will be returning Nitrogen in the leafy grass blades back to the lawn to be used again. Talk about re-cycling.

     A small amount of thatch actually benefits the lawn, but it doesn’t take long for Kentucky Bluegrass (the main Turfgrass variety used for quality Southern Ontario lawns) to accumulate excess thatch. It is important that thatch management be included in your Lawn Care Program. The following services provide the best thatch management:

 

Core Aeration - Aeration without a doubt, is one of the best things you can have done to your lawn. our professional Aerator machines puncture through the thatch layer to remove thousands of small cores of soil 1” to 3” deep from your lawn. When you leave these plugs on the surface, the soil they contain gradually “melts into the thatch layer after a few rainfalls. The soil in these plugs contain microorganisms, which will now begin to “eat” the organic matter in the thatch. Furthermore, the holes in the soil created by the aerator are perfect pockets for catching fertilizer and water. Aeration holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting more air and oxygen into the rootzone of your lawn. As a result, these holes get quickly filled with new fresh grass roots, resulting in a stronger, healthier lawn.

 

shallow and weak root system, which leaves your turf susceptible to thinning and browning when heat or drought stress sets in. Furthermore, this dense thatch layer forms a perfect breeding environment for insects to lay their eggs, or for disease spores to readily grow and multiply .

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De-Thatching - First thing in the spring, before the grass really begins to get growing, we can De-Thatch your lawn with a mechanical power rake. this machine has a number of knives rotating on a shaft to “slice”  through the top of the thatch layer, loosening a lot of dead grass and other debris. Although this does not remove all the thatch, you would be surprised to see just how much thatch debris we rake up after de-thatching, even if you rake your lawn before hand.

 

Lime Treatment - Lime is a soil amendment which not only helps to restore natural pH balance in the soil, but also encourages microbial activity to aid in thatch breakdown. Many of our Lawn Programs include Lime Treatments for this reason.

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