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Thatch Prevention and Control in Home Lawns

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CIS 1063
Pub. Date: 1997
Last Reviewed: 2015

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Nearly every homeowner wants to have a well-maintained lawn. But thatch can build up over the years, degrading a lawn’s beauty. Learn how to prevent its buildup by fertilizing at well-timed intervals, prescient watering, and consistent mowing, and learn to recognize and control it when it occurs by aerating the soil and power raking effectively.

Authors: W. Michael Colt, William J. Johnston, and Susan M. Bell

4 pages


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