The Truth About Dethatching
Thatch is a tough mixture of dead grass and roots that accumulate and form a layer at the soil surface. 1/2" or less of thatch is normal and requires no treatment. A number of conditions, such as excessive watering, too much nitrogen or excessive pesticide use, may lead to a situation where the thatch exceeds 1/2". Dethatching is NOT a pretty process. Your lawn can look pretty bad after a deep power thatching. If you dethatch just prior to the grass's prime growing season, your lawn should recover rather quickly.
How to Determine If Your Lawn Needs Dethatching?
You can determine if your lawn needs to be dethatched by looking for dry and dead patches of grass in between healthy plants. If your lawn has a bouncy feel to it, then you probably need to dethatch. However, the best way to determine if you need to dethatch, is to remove a small plug from the lawn and measure to see if the thatch layer is longer than 1/2". If it is, then you better get started dethatching, your lawn is suffering.
Cost for dethatching depends on amount of thatch. The more thatch, the longer it takes to remove it, clean it up and haul it away. Debris from dethatching is normally left curbside, but we can haul it away at your request.