Reno Landscaping Thatching Tips: Like many plants, grass has a belowground root system topped by a living, aboveground shoot that’s green and growing. In between lies a layer known as thatch. Some thatch is natural and good for a lawn, but too much can usher in problems.
Causes of Thatch
Although thatch forms naturally in most Reno Landscaping, some situations promote rapid thatch formation:
- Over fertilizing with too much nitrogen
- Always mowing too high
- Heavy clay soil
How to determine if your lawn needs dethatching
- Have Action Lawn & Landscape come and visually inspect your Reno Landscaping. We will explain the process and show you what to look for while we visit.
- Measure the thatch. Another way to examine thatch is to excavate a lawn sample. Use a trowel or spade to remove a wedge-shaped layer of grass and soil about 3 inches thick, or just pry up a small section of turf. Look for the thatch layer lying directly on top of soil. Measure the thickness. A layer thicker than half of an inch signals it’s time to dethatch.
A combination of leaves, stems and roots – some living, some dead – thatch forms as a natural part of turf’s growing process. Remember It lies on top of the soil not the grass itself, a tightly woven layer beneath the visible grass blades. As long as it doesn’t get thicker than 1/2, thatch actually contributes to lawn health in these ways:
- Mulching soil and slowing water loss
- Cushioning soil and decreasing compaction
- Insulating grass crowns from soil temperature swings
- Improving turf tolerance to foot and mower traffic
Action Lawn & Landscape can help you get your Reno Landscaping design back in top shape in time for Spring. Call us today! 775-323-7488
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