Thatching rake
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Prevent Thatch Buildup

Thumbs Up TipThe best way to control thatch is to avoid a buildup.  Here are some maintenance practices that will help:

  • At regular intervals, cut grass to the recommended height for your turf.  This will help avoid depositing too many clippings on the lawn at one time.
  • Fertilize only in the fall to reduce excessive growth.  Promote microbial life by maintaining a proper soil pH.
  • Aerate your lawn once a year.  If thatch does accumulate, apply a top dressing of a compost-and-soil mixture prior to aerating in the spring and fall.  The organic matter will promote microbial activity to help decompose thatch.
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