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Are there certain warm turf that can't be dethatched?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by poipuyardcrew, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. poipuyardcrew

    poipuyardcrew LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    I have a homeowner who has zoysia el toro and another landscaper told him that you can't dethatch that type of grass. The only type of grass I ever dethatch happend to be zoysia but a different variety.

    Do you guys know of any other types of turf that can't be dethatched (with a billy goat)?

    I only have warm turfs here in Hawaii.

    Thank you for your wisdom.

  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,064

    That landscaper does not know what he is talking about. If the El Toro is overgrown and thatchy, run a vertical mower over it in several directions, even out the final cut with a reel mower and NEVER, EVER allow anyone to maintain that lawn with a rotary mower again. I am going to guess that this lawn has been maintained with a rotary mower. An El Toro lawn mowed weekly with a reel mower at 3/4" or less does not build up thatch. Do not ever do this to centipede or st augustine. They do not have the resilient root and stolon network of say a zoysia or bermuda. Aggressive dethatching of st augustine or centipede will wipe out the lawn.
  3. poipuyardcrew

    poipuyardcrew LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Thanks, I was starting to second guess my self.

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