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Lawn Dethatching - How to Restore Your Lawn

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Dethatching your lawn is often a necessary move, but it can also lead to more problems. A regular lawn dethatching schedule can eventually boost the health of your yard, but the first few times you dethatch, the work might result in bare spots.

How to Dethatch Properly

There are a few secrets to help your lawn dethatching go smoothly. Here's how the pros do it:

  • If the thatch is less than 1/2 inch, then leave it alone! Some thatch in your lawn can help keep moisture in during the hottest days, and can prevent the roots of your grass from drying out.
  • Start by mowing the lawn. Mowing makes it easier to use a dethatching machine or rake, and does less harm to the grass in the process.
  • Rent a dethatching machine or use a rake to lift the thatch to the top of the lawn. Then, rake away the thatch. Leaving it on your lawn to decompose might seem like a good option, but it can lead to further compaction of the remaining thatch underneath.
  • Survey your lawn. Are there areas where the thatch still looks a bit too thick? For lawns that haven't been dethatched in a long time, you might have to go over the same area two or three times to get the proper results.

How would you like to improve your lawn?
  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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How to Reseed Your Lawn

Even with the most careful dethatching methods, your lawn can wind up with bare spots. Remedy this by fertilizing and reseeding the bare spots as soon as you are finished with the dethatching of your lawn. Reseed according to the instructions for your particular type of grass, and rake the seeds lightly into the soil before watering.

About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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