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Simple and possible dumb question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BAMARED, Feb 20, 2003.


    BAMARED LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    If you bag, then does this lawn need aeriating/dethatching?


  2. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Yes on aeriating and yes to dethatching if thatch is 1/4 thick or more.
  3. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Bagging does not have any real benefit but that was not your question. Yes you will still most definitely need to still aerate the soil. You may also have to dethatch depending on the build up.

  4. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    Here, this thread from awhile back is very informative and should help answer your question.


    In a nutshell, thatch is rarely comprised of grass clippings. Albeit, you only cut your grass once a month, it's going to be a problem. If you mow properly and only remove a third of the blade length per cutting, those clippings should decompose themselves quickly. The real thatch is explained great in the above post and should give you the answer you are looking for. There is no doubt at some point in time it will do a lawn good to dethatch it. Aeration really is excellent yearly. The process a lawn goes through year in and year out, with climate changes and growth activity, the ground becoming moist, then dry, then moist, then dry, etc.. will be enough in itself to create compaction and therefore need aerating.

    Lastly, but most of all, we need to make a living, so you need to sell all you can! :D

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