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Is it Time to Dethatch Your Lawn?


Thatch is a layer under your lawn made up of interwoven accumulated dead and living grass shoots, stems, crowns, and roots. This layer serves as a barrier between the grass and the soil. A thin layer of thatch can help maintain steady soil moisture and temperature, but once that thatch gets thicker, it becomes an issue.

When to dethatch depends on the grass variety and location, but it is best when the lawn is actively growing and has time to recover.

Thatch builds up over time, so it’s not necessary to dethatch every year. You should do this every five or so years if your lawn needs it. It is recommended to aerate your lawn every other year and dethatch in a year you’re not aerating.

For small areas, you can use a hand-dethatching rake. If you’ve got a large yard, even average-sized, you should think hard about using a rake. Leaf rakes and hard rakes could be used, but they’re just not up to the task.

A dethatcher (thatcher) has blades that cut through and remove thatch to the soil surface.  Rent a dethatcher from Rental Country. They’re heavy, so you’ll want to have it delivered. 

Use the dethatcher according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the lawn is slightly moist, but not wet.. Go over your lawn once, like your mowing. If the thatch has built up, you may need to make another pass in the opposite direction to remove it.

You’re going to have a lot of leftover thatch to rake and remove.. Add the debris to your compost pile or use it as mulch around trees and shrubs.  It’ll add organic matter to the soil as it breaks down. Be sure to thoroughly water the grass after raking. 

Your lawn will appear horrible for several weeks after it has been dethatched. However, if it does, then you did it right. 

Call Rental Country at 1-866-692-7510 to reserve your Dethatcher. Rental Country: We’ve got the Right Equipment for the Job! We’ll Deliver it and show you how to use it!

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I go out of my way to see my guys at Rental Country, Turnersville. They are straight talking, honest guys who go the extra mile to make sure I am ready for work. There is a Stihl Equipment dealer in the town where I live, and I drive 21 miles further to work with the guys at Rental Country. Try them out, I hope you're as happy as I am.
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The people who work here are great. They get you in and out and they're very knowledgeable. They gave me some quick instruction on how to use the small piece of equipment I was renting and I was on my way.

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