De-Thatching vs Aeration: What’s the Difference?
De-thatching and aeration both play an important role in lawn care. A healthy lawn needs three crucial things: water, air and nutrients. Removing thatch build-up and aerating your soil can help keep your lawn looking its best.
But what exactly is de-thatching and aeration? When should it be done? How does it benefit your lawn, and should you hire a professional lawn service to do it?
What is De-Thatching?
De-thatching is the removal of decaying plant material that’s preventing your lawn from getting the oxygen, nutrients and water it needs to thrive.
Thatch is a mixture of living and dead plant material, and it builds up at the base of your grass. A thin layer of thatch is beneficial for your lawn. It helps improve moisture retention in the soil and acts as an insulator to help regulate soil temperatures. It does all of this without negatively impacting your lawn’s ability to take up water, nutrients and oxygen.
But when that layer of thatch becomes too thick (greater than 3/4"), it can suffocate your lawn. Water and oxygen have a hard time reaching the soil and grass roots.
De-thatching removes this thick layer to allow for better drainage and ensure that your lawn gets everything it needs to stay healthy.
The Benefits of De-Thatching
Improves the health of your soil
Allows water, oxygen, nutrients and fertilizer to reach the soil
Promotes healthy lawn grown
Improves the beauty of your lawn
When to De-Thatch
If your lawn does need de-thatching, timing is important and will be dependent on the type of grass you’re growing.
For warm-season grasses, like Zoysia and Bermudagrass, de-thatching should be done in early summer just before peak growth.
For cool-season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass, de-thatching should be done in late summer or early fall.
De-thatching should never be done when your lawn is stressed or dormant, as this can damage it beyond recovery.
De-thatching can be a complicated process and is best handled by a professional lawn service. Brothers Landscape Services provides de-thatching services to residents of Euless, Texas and surrounding areas.
What is Aeration?
Aeration is the process of removing compacted soil from your lawn. Even a thin layer of compaction can make it more difficult for your lawn to get the oxygen, water and nutrients it needs. For many homeowners, aeration is an annual process.
When you aerate your lawn, you are perforating the soil with tiny holes. This allows water, oxygen and nutrients to reach and penetrate the soil more deeply.
The Benefits of Aeration
Reduces thatch and soil compaction
Reduces water runoff and puddling
Improves lawn health
Prepares your grass for dormancy
When to Aerate
Aeration, like other lawn care tasks, should be done during its peak growing period to allow for a quick recovery.
For warm-season grasses, aeration should be done in late spring or early summer.
For cool-season grasses, aeration should be done in early spring or late fall.
De-thatching and aeration can help improve the health and beauty of your lawn. Using a professional lawn service ensures that both of these important tasks are done properly and at just the right time.
Need professional de-thatching and aeration services? We can help. Contact Brothers Landscape Services today.