Is Spring the Time to Dethatch My Lawn?

Thatch control is an essential aspect of maintaining a vibrant and healthy lawn during the spring and summer. By removing the layer of dead grass and other organic matter that has built up on your lawn over the winter, you are opening it back up for improved nutrient and water intake. The dethatching process is typically done during the spring, but what time of the season is best for your lawn? This mostly depends on what type of grass you have.


Warm-season turf types should typically be dethatched in the late spring to early summer. This includes grasses such as Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bermuda, Bahia, and Centipede. Cold-season turf types, on the other hand, should typically be dethatched in early spring, although they can also be dethatched in early fall before the cold sets in. Cold-season turfs include Kentucky bluegrass, rough bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass.


Spring may be the best time of year to dethatch your lawn, but how do you know if it actually needs to be dethatched? If your lawn has a thatch layer thicker than half an inch, or if it feels spongy when you walk over it, this means it’s time to dethatch. After your lawn has already begun growing for the season, and after you’ve mowed it a couple of times, you should be ready to bust out the dethatching equipment. Although non-powered dethatchers tend to be more reasonably priced, powered dethatchers are typically more effective and less physically strenuous.


Thatch control is just one of the many landscape maintenance services provided by Borst Landscape & Design. Our lawn care experts will get your lawn looking lush, green, and healthy even after the toughest winters, and keep it looking that way all season long. Contact Borst today and breathe new life into your lawn.