Dethatch Annually for Spring Clean Up?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Landscape89, May 22, 2008.


Spring Clean Up- Dethatch?

  1. Dethatch Annually for every Spring Clean Up

  2. Only Dethatch when Necessary

  1. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Spring Clean Ups have come and gone for me. I do Dethatching as part of every job I do for my Clean Ups. Just wanted to see who takes this same approach.
  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Only when it needs it..
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,818

    Keep in mind your doing it for 2 reasons. One is for the lawn , the other is for your checkbook.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Exactly. Unless it's a newer subdivision that has been built in the last 15 years, I don't de-thatch. Most of the time there is enough of a worm population that helps eat and de-compose the existing thatch. Some subdivisions around here have such poor soil, that thatch is very common.

    But, it is good money too.
  5. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    It's part of my spring cleaning to but I call it power raking.
  6. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    I rarely have to dethatch anything but zoysiagrass - and not 100% every year, either.
  7. Matlock Lawncare

    Matlock Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    What is an average price that you charge for dethatching. Here in Mo. I charge a minimum of $125 for an average 10,ooo sq. ft. lot. That includes disposal too.
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I do it with each clean up. It helps kick up those leaves that are stuck down from having snow on top of them for five months.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I only do it as needed.
  10. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Most lawns (at least in my region with my type of turf) do not need dethatching. It is expensive for the homeowner and time consuming for the contractor. Annual aeration should be enough for most lawns. If you can't decide if a lawn has too much thatch, you are in no place to recommend dethatching. (this isn't directed at anyone in particular, just those that don't understand how much thatch is healthy.)

Share This Page