Lawn Dethatching

Dethatching Services

Thatch buildup is a common problem that can cause lawns to struggle and when it is severe, it can ruin a lawn.

Thatch is a tightly interwoven layer of living and dead tissue between the surface of a healthy lawn and the soil surface. Composed of products from stems, leaves and roots that are resistant to decay, a little thatch improves the wear tolerance of a lawn.

However, too much thatch can harbor organisms and insects, making the lawn more susceptible to damage from disease and drought.

Lawn Restoration Service Recommended

After dethatching your lawn, we strongly recommend following it up with our lawn restoration service as there will be several bare areas in your lawn where the thatch killed off all living grass.

Immediate aeration followed by heavy over seeding and heavy spot seeding is essential to getting your lawn looking its best.


Schedule an appointment by September 31st

The best time to dethatch fescue type lawns (most Richmond lawns are fescue) is in August and September when the grass is growing vigorously and can recover quickly.

If you’d like to dethatch your lawn this Fall, contact us to schedule a convenient time for owner Jeff Cartwright to discuss our process.


Learn more about Lawn Dethatching:

1: Marking

1 Before beginning our lawn dethatching service, we’ll provide you with marker flags for you to mark all obstacles in your lawn including irrigation heads, valve boxes, shallow irrigation pipes, shallow wiring and any other items that may be damaged during the dethatching process.

2: Mowing

2 Once the marker flags are installed we’ll then mow your lawn at the lowest height possible without damaging the healthy grass. This mowing enables the dethatcher to easily slice through and loosen the thatch without obstruction. All grass debris is then raked up and removed from your property.

3: Dethatching

3 Using a dethatcher, we will loosen and uproot the thatch in your lawn without damaging or uprooting living, healthy grass. It is best to do this when the soil is slightly moist but not saturated with water as the dethatcher could tear and pull at the soil rather than slicing the thatch. After dethatching your lawn, the thatch debris is then raked up and removed from your property. Your lawn is now ready for Cartwright Landscaping’s lawn restoration service.
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