View Full Version : Is dethatching a fancy word for "rake"

10-04-2004, 08:34 AM
Should I dethach my lawn? Or Rake it? :)

10-04-2004, 08:40 AM
It all depends - are you looking at the umdecomposed organic matter that is laying on the soil surface by the crown of the plants?
Or, have you pulled a soil core sample and noticed an amount of thatch present in the soil profile?
Soil type, plant species, climatic conditions, cultural practices, all play an important part in determing when/why to remove thatch from the edaphic environment.
To answer your message title - No.

10-04-2004, 08:43 AM
I didn't do a soil test. I was looking at the matter on top and the "dead grasses tangled underneath the good grass

10-04-2004, 02:29 PM
Here's an old thread (http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=22508) that may help you understand what thatch is.

10-04-2004, 03:45 PM
Thanks groundskeeper. Good thread. I bookmarked it :)

Norm Al
10-04-2004, 04:19 PM
how much money do you have?

10-04-2004, 06:04 PM
I sure am glad you indexed that one Jim. It is by far the Best explanation that I have learned from.
I wish these were put in an index like Eric ELM had. It was like a FAQ section of explanations.
Thanks again.