What Is a Dethatching Rake?


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A dethatching rake is a rake that is specifically designed to remove thatch from a lawn. The rake's metal tines dig vertically into the grass and soil. When lifted, the tines remove thatch from the area.

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Dethatching rakes are effective for dethatching small lawns. Larger lawns may require the purchase or rental of a dethatching machine. Regular aeration and proper cutting of grass can prevent the need for dethatching.

Thatch is comprised of grass clippings and other plant material that has not had time to decompose. Some thatch is desirable since it protects grass roots. Too much thatch can block water, oxygen and other nutrients from reaching the roots.

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