Anyone who has a keen interest in their lawn and is active in caring for it knows what straw is.
Although it may not be noticeably visible, especially if the grass is long, it’s there.
Thatch is the detritus of lawn care. It is a layer of grass clippings, grass stalks, roots, and other debris that settles to the ground.
It breaks down or builds up over a period. It will be prevalent on a lawn where grass has been allowed to grow tall, grass clippings have not been raked, and lawns that have not been aerated.
It is more common in tropical climates. Creeping grass such as Kentucky Bluegrass , Bermuda, Zoya, and bentgrass are susceptible to thatch, and need to be removed more frequently than other types of grass.
Thatch removal is simply removing thatch from your lawn.
I can accomplish chaff removal in several ways. The most difficult, but safest, method is to remove the straw by hand with a straw rake or garden rake.
If you are in good physical shape and have a lot of free time, this is the best way to do it.
However, if you have a very large lawn, your best option is to rent an electric lawn mower.
The first step in any law breakdown operation is to identify the need for thatching. Straw that is only ½ inch tall should be left on the patio.
This amount of straw protects the lawn in times of drought, high temperatures, or water restrictions.
The only ½ inch high thatch roof acts as insulation for the floor and provides protection from the sun’s rays in midsummer.
It also helps keep moisture during dry times.
If the straw is more than ½ inch high, problems can arise.
Thicker straw will cause the lawn to suffer from being too great a buffer between the ground and the grass.
This will prevent the amounts of water from reaching the base of the root, and any nutrient cannot penetrate the thick straw.
Too much thatch can also create an excess of insects that live on your lawn, such as bedbugs and other pests, and is a suitable environment for disease and fungi on your lawn.
The best time to take off
If you’ve determined that pajama removal is necessary, the best time to do so is early spring or later in the fall, so that the lawn has time to recover from any damage that was done during removal of the pajamas.
I must do several things before starting.
First, cut the grass to about half its normal cutting height. Next, we need to set the depth of the mower blade.
The dethatcher is very similar to a normal lawn mower because it is a motor mounted on wheels.
The difference is that the blades run vertically to the ground versus horizontally on a normal lawn mower. There are also several blades on the dethatcher.
If you rent the dethatcher, someone in the store can advise you on the depth of the cutting blades.
The blades are adjusted to cut at least half an inch into the ground, thus loosening the yard thatch.
Set the blade distance to approximately 1 to 2 inches apart.
Take a few test passes with the stripper to determine if your setup is correct, and when unlinking, make crisscross passes in the yard for the best coverage. When done, all the straw detached from the lawn.
Lawn aeration is drilling holes 3 to 4 inches deep in the lawn to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach the root base.
Someone usually does once it or twice a year, with traffic situations on the lawn.
Aeration helps strengthen foundations, and of course firm foundations create a lush green lawn.
This is accomplished by pushing the hollow cylinders into the turf and forcing the ground plugs toward the turf surface.
Some people use spikes to accomplish this, but the spikes do not force the plugs in the soil and do not allow sufficient expansion of the soil.
Aeration also goes a long way in breaking down pajama build-up.
Any DIY enthusiast can rent and use a lawn aerator. If you want to buy yours, a typical pull will cost you around $230.00.
The night before, you plan to aerate your lawn, water well to loosen the soil, especially in high-traffic areas where the soil has become more compact.
When you aerate your lawn, focus on high foot traffic areas that typically have slower growth and less resistance to wear and tear.
When you’ve finished aerating your lawn, apply herbicide.
Aeration makes a weak lawn more susceptible to weed growth. Remove all plugs from the lawn once you have finished aerating.
Done regularly, pajama removal and aeration will make your lawn happy.
It will reward you with lush and vital growth, and you will be the envy of everyone in your neighborhood.