Turf Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Michael Fronczak, Apr 26, 2001.

  1. Michael Fronczak

    Michael Fronczak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    One of my customers has a contuial problem with thatch build up. I had a soil test done, said pH was off, aeriated in fall, deyathched in spring, treated that, mowed with a bagger last year, & used organic fert(to help build up soil), thios was all last year. The lawn still built up thatch over last summer, I'm at a loss, never had this happen. I called co-op extension, they told me to try core aeration, then topdress with pelitized compost, I think it will be a had sell, and I don't know it will work. Any ideas??? thanks in advance.
  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    aeration is your best bet ....if the soil is packed ...all your water & fert is laying on top is ....not reaching the roots and the lawn in growing into the decaying organic matter ....top dressing is a big help (I'm a southern boy but I cut grass in Va for 10 years)
  3. ADMServices

    ADMServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    you might wanna try a product like "re-new" or "lawn restorer" to help break down the thatch build up. hope this helps
  4. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Firstly, thatch will not disappear overnight! If the buildup is severe, it may take several seasons of concerted effort. I would advise your customer to aerate several times a year, and keep up with the program that you have started (Which sounds good , by the way).


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