Our Thatch Digester reduces thatch build up in lawns. This service focuses on composting thatch faster by encouraging microbial activity at the soil surface and increasing heat.
What it does
Lawn thatch is a layer of undecomposed stems, roots and other debris that accumulates near the soil surface. When thatch becomes excessive, the lawn may root into the thatch rather than the soil. Since thatch does not hold moisture, lawns rooted into thatch will not tolerate dry weather or cold temperatures. Thatch can harbor insects and diseases, limit root development and restrict water infiltration. The rate at which thatch accumulates is determined by moisture, environmental conditions, and the type of grass. Over application of nitrogen promotes thatch accumulations. The type and vigor of the grass determine the rate at which thatch accumulates. For example, thatch prone bluegrass that receives lots of water and fertilizer will form thatch more rapidly than other grasses given less care. Thatch is a normal part of any lawn and only becomes harmful when the thatch layer is thicker than 1 to 2 centimeters.
Our Thatch Digester reduces thatch build up in lawns. This service focuses on composting thatch faster by encouraging microbial activity at the soil surface and increasing heat. This exothermic release by increased soil microbial activity will break down thatch from the soil level up. Thatch is reduced, and the organic matter is then captured as a food source for your turf. Depending on the level of thatch in your soil, multiple treatments may be necessary.
Thatch management can take several forms. The least labor-intensive method involves the application of our liquid thatch digester. It stimulates soil microbes that accelerate the natural decomposition of lawn thatch naturally.
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