Identifying Thatch and Other Scary Lawn Growth!


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Oh no…not…thatch! You should be scared. Thatch is harder to remove than weeds in many cases. But what is thatch exactly? Well, in simple terms, it is a section of your lawn where dead grass, leaves from the fall, decaying weeds, and other plants have gathered to form a thick layer of dead looking grass. The grass underneath may have died in the process which adds to the thatch.

Unfortunately, this can occur each year and is the most noticeable during early spring. You will have to wrestle with thatch until it is gone. In Chapter 4, you will learn how to keep thatch from ruining your good time outdoors by taking the proper, though time consuming, precautions to protect your lawn months in advance.

Snow Mold

If you live in a region that experiences snow, then you may have some serious work to do once the snow melts. In addition to thatch removal, you may also have to deal with snow mold. This occurs when old grass is weighed down by heavy snowfall. This grass can prevent new grass from growing because it cannot get enough sun. Similar to thatch, but much easier to remove, raking the snow mold away should do the trick. If you notice after a few days that new grass is not growing, you may need to reseed the area.

Poison Ivy

If you live in North America, then poison ivy may be a problem for you. This vine like plant has three leaves that grow from the same bud. This is how you can identify it when it is in your yard. Do not touch it! It will cause a rash that will itch for weeks. You will have to cover the area with pink calamine lotion or other lotions that will smell awful. It is also possible to spread the poison ivy to others after being exposed to it.

The best way to remove it is to put on a pair of gloves, wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and covered shoes. You will need to pull the plant from its roots to make sure that it cannot grow back. This is a very hearty plant, so this procedure may take some time.

Even after you have removed the plants, they will still be toxic. You should put the plants in a bag and place it in the trash. Burning the plants will only make things worse, so don’t do that.

Terry Blackburn. Internet Marketing Consultant, living in South Shields in the North-East of England. Author and Producer of blog Author of “Your Perfect Lawn, " a 90 Page eBook devoted to Lawn Preparation, Lawn Care and Maintenance. Find it at

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