Is dethatching a fancy word for "rake"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BryPaulD, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. BryPaulD

    BryPaulD LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
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    Should I dethach my lawn? Or Rake it? :)
     
  2. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  3. BryPaulD

    BryPaulD LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Posts: 392

    I didn't do a soil test. I was looking at the matter on top and the "dead grasses tangled underneath the good grass
     
  4. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's an old thread that may help you understand what thatch is.
     
  5. BryPaulD

    BryPaulD LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Posts: 392

    Thanks groundskeeper. Good thread. I bookmarked it :)
     
  6. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
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    how much money do you have?
     
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    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.
     

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