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How much does a Lawn dethatching Service cost?

Our dethatching price starts at $125, but of course, pricing is based on the estimated amount of time that will take our team to complete your job. Things that will affect the estimated amount of time include property size, property layout, current landscaping condition, the complexity of the landscaping, and your requested scope of work. Give our office a call for your instant dethatching quote!

What is dethatching?

Dethatching (or de-thatching) is a lawn service process that removes the layer of thatch, or dead grass, from your lawn. Our crew will use a professional yard dethatcher to power rake the yard and loosen up all the dead thatch. That thatch is then collected and hauled off your property. Removal of the thatch allows space for live growing grass to spread and thrive; thereby resulting in a thick, lush, green lawn.

What is the benefit of doing dethatching?

There are multiple benefits to having your lawn dethatched. While this one may sound obvious, one of the benefits is actually the prevention of the risks. By leaving large amounts in your yard, you risk suffocated grassroots, promotion of lawn disease, and can create dead patches in your lawn. Removal of the thatch allows space for live growing grass to spread and thrive; thereby resulting in a thick, lush, green lawn.

What is the best time of year to have my yard dethatched?

Similarly to core aeration and overseeding, dethatching is performed mid-Spring and mid-Fall. This time is ideal for dethatching as it allows the grass to recover quickly and allows new grass to fill in under the best conditions.

How often should I have my lawn dethatched?

You should check your lawns thatch layer at least twice a year. Detaching services should be performed when the thatch is greater than 1/4 inch thick. We recommend at least once every other season, in conjunction with your core aeration and overseeding program. The average home typically requires this service once every other year.

Do you rake up the dead grass afterward?

Yes, while a technician is navigating the yard dethatcher equipment, we have other crew members behind the machine cleaning up and hauling away any debris.

Why does my lawn look bare after dethatching?

The service itself removes any dead grass from the lawn, which can result in it more visible dirt; thus your lawn appearing barer. Seeing the exposed dirt proves that the dead thatch underneath was removed.  Now the soil will be ready to soak up the sun, rain, fertilizer and new seed it needs to keep it healthy and flourishing.

What services are typically done in conjunction with dethatching?

Our recommended routine includes dethatching, core aeration and then a general overseed of the lawn.

Does it matter if I do dethatch or core aeration first?

The order of these services won’t make a difference if appropriately performed using commercial equipment.

Can I just rent a dethatching machine and do it myself?

If you really want to, but by having us do it for you, you will save some free time, and not to mention your back. You can save some money by renting it yourself, but you also have to have the proper place to dispose of debris, which will cost you additional money and time to dispose of waste.

Isn’t thatch good thing?

A light amount of thatch in the lawn (less than 1/4 inch) is beneficial because it protects the crown of the grass plant. However, a thick amount of thatch, can suffocate grassroots, promote lawn disease, and create dead patches in your lawn.

What’s the difference between core aeration and dethatching?

Dethatching is the process of removing the dead layer of grass at the soil’s surface. Core aeration is the process of pulling up plugs of compacted soil to allow for optimal saturation of light, water, and nutrients.

Can you dethatch when it’s wet?

Yes, provided the conditions are only damp, we can dethatch your lawn. The lawn cannot be wet to the point of saturation. It is important to remember that a detacher only disturbs the area above the soil and not the healthy roots below.

Should I mow before dethatching?

The grass should be less than 4 inches tall when performing this service. You should mow before detaching if your lawn is greater than 4 inches in length.

Will the equipment hit my invisible dog fence?

Invisible dog fence lines, as well as cable lines, are expected to be buried at least 4” deep. However, we have found at times that this is not the case. Therefore, to be safe, we ask that all invisible dog fence lines and shallowly buried cables be marked before service so that our technician can navigate around these areas.

Will you notify ahead of time before my service?

Some services are available for automatic email notifications to inform you when your home is on an upcoming route. Please ask our office how to sign up for service notifications.

Will your crew be sure to close my fence gate?

Yes, our crews are trained to walk the property once services are finished and close any gate we opened during the service.

How do I pay my bill?

For your convenience, when you sign up, you will put a credit card on your account file. Any service we perform will be auto-charged to your card. You are also welcome to call or log in to your online portal to update any payment information.

What is your dethatching service area?

Our dethatching service areas include:

  • Crystal Lake, IL 60014
  • The village of Lakewood, IL 60014
  • Lake In The Hills, IL 60156
  • Algonquin, IL 60102
  • Huntley, IL 60142
  • Cary, IL 60013
  • Oakwood Hills, IL 60013
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