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what to do with lawn tatch?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bobcatnj, May 7, 2006.

  1. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 687

    when i tatch a lawn i usually take all the raked up tatch with me, then seed. i was talking to a guy the other day he says he rakes the tatch up, seeds, then uses the tatch as hay to cover the seed. anyone do this?
  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    we rake it, then bag it. if its not too bad, or if i thatch shallow, my lawnboys will suck it up no problem.. just have to empty more then usual.

    but if i was dealing with huge areas, i'd try and convince the customer its beneficial to leave it also.:)
  3. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 878

    The problem with Thatch is how much is there?

    If the layer is over 3/8 inch thick it should be removed from the lawn. If it is under 3/8 inch thick I would just overseed right through it. Then get the customer on an annual or twice a year aeration program. Also you should aerate real good before you slice seed.

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