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Is de-thatching in the northeast a waste of time?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by HenryB, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,828

    It's a big buzz word in my area but in my over 20 years of doing this I don't see any benefits it just beats up the roots and seems to leave a sparcer lawn. I feel in KBG, rye and fescues we are wasting our time and actually hurting turf.
  2. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Posts: 721

    Thats why i just tine rake it out gets the big build up and wont hurt the lawn.
  3. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,345

    If thatch is a problem then the lawn is probly in bad shape to begin with so detatching and reseeding will only make it stronger.
  4. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    In my area I haven't seen a lot of desire for dethatching but I do find it makes a difference if done every year1
  5. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,341

    If you have a thatch problem, then you need to de thatch. If not, then it is a waste of time. Bad cultural practices lead to thatch build up. Aerating and mowing regularly and not pounding it wih nitrogen will keep the thatch away.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Exactly...someone has their sh*t together...thank you

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