What is thatch, and how to handle it

Is thatch hurting your Anchorage lawn?



Taking care of thatch is one of the first steps in kicking off your summer lawn care. This nuisance can easily be overcome, and should be taken care of on a regular basis.

What is thatch?

Thatch is a naturally occurring layer of roots, stems, and other pieces of organic debris from tree leaves and seeds. Some thatch is good, and can help your lawn regulate the temperature of its roots, by blocking sun, and insulating at night. This thin layer of thatch (1/2″) is great for preventing your lawn from drying out from the hot summer sun. Too much thatch, however, can wreak havoc on your lawn, as well as looking very unsightly. Thatch occurs when new grass growth occurs faster than the decomposition of the old growth.