During a long winter, your grass builds up a layer of thatch to protect itself. When warmer weather hits, a spring dethatch is often in order. This part of lawn care is often overlooked, but it can be vital to the ongoing health of your grass.
Here are three reasons why The Lawn Surgeon in Cromwell, CT, recommends taking this step:
1. It Helps With Soil Temperature
During the winter, a layer of thatch formed from dead grass can help protect the roots of living grass, keeping them warmer even through frost and snow. Once the weather heats up, however, this can make the soil uncomfortably warm. Removing the thatch allows the earth below to moderate its temperature more easily during the summer.
2. It Allows Better Access to the Soil
While thatch shields roots and soil from undesirable conditions in winter, its effectiveness as a barrier can also be a hindrance. If the thatch layer is too thick, it prevents much-needed moisture from reaching your lawn’s roots. Air circulation is also hindered, and sunlight may not be able to reach new grass shoots. Too much thatch also interferes with other components of lawn care; fertilizer and pesticides both lose effectiveness when they can’t penetrate this protective layer.
3. It Leads to Greener, Lusher Grass
Without the burden of a thick layer of thatch, your grass will grow freely with a healthier and brighter appearance. If you have any spots on your lawn that need replanting, a spring dethatch will allow you to sow new grass seed for denser and more even growth.
If you need assistance with your spring dethatch in the Hartford area, call The Lawn Surgeon at (860) 635-1127 to schedule a visit. Learn more about their landscaping and lawn care services online, and for updates, follow The Lawn Surgeon on Facebook.