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What exactly is thatching and dethatching

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joshuea, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. joshuea

    joshuea LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    What is thatching and dethatching, and how do I go about doing it? Also, what is the benefit?
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    De-thacthing is removing the buildup of dead plant material (thatch) at the soil line.

    Thatching is just the misuse of a word.
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Use search function. There was a really good thread explaining thatch with pictures and so forth. Thatch should be confused with just regular clippings and stems left behind after cutting , it's actaully a layer of material that suffocates lawns.
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    De-thatching is a good thing to do. We made a lot of extra $$ off it in the spring.
  5. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Best answer I've ever seen on this board: "The purpose of dethatching a lawn is to get the customer to part with their money." - Lazer's Jan, 2000 post.

    Try this thread if you want to learn about thatch.
  6. Camelot Gardens Uk

    Camelot Gardens Uk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Garden we do each fall removing dead material etc, only problem is have to rake it up afterwards, there are bagging scarifier machines but have not got round to buying one yet.
  7. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    Ditto. No professional in the lawn service industry should ever use the word "thatching" when they mean dethatching. (not directed at anyone in particular)

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