tips & facts
Prevent Thatch Buildup
The 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.