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How Much Does It Cost To Dethatch A Lawn?

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Cost to Dethatch Lawn

Dethatching a medium-size lawn averages $215 for 1 to 2 hours of labor. Bigger lawns could take longer and cost as much as $700; smaller lawns might only cost $100. Most lawn companies use a 3-person crew to dethatch and remove debris as quickly as possible.

If your lawn has more brown grass than green, it’s probably suffering from a thatch issue. Thatch is the layer of dead grass that rests on top of the soil. When it is half an inch thick, this layer prevents sun and water from reaching the roots. Once the thatch is removed, healthy grass can truly flourish.

Lawn Dethatching Service Cost

Average Cost$215
High Cost$700
Low Cost$100

Thatching Prices with Other Services

Most homeowners pay between $180 and $250 for dethatching. However, there are lots of services that your lawn care specialist will recommend to get your yard looking its best.

When you add one of these services onto dethatching, there’s a chance that you’ll get a discounted bundle rate. Check with a lawn care company near you for an estimate.

Power Raking Cost

Power raking is $10 to $20 per 1,000 square feet. Expect to pay $100 to $200 for a typical lawn of 10,000 square feet

Power raking is a more aggressive way to remove that dead layer of grass. It’s ideal when thatch is more than a half-inch thick.

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DIY Lawn Dethatching vs. Hiring a Lawn Company

While you can rent a lawn dethatcher, you’ll also need a truck and other materials (such as a rake) to get rid of this dead debris. 

You might pay more money to hire a company, but it’s almost certainly worth it. Professional lawn companies typically send 3-person teams out to dethatch. Doing this project by yourself will almost certainly take hours longer (and potentially even days if you have a big yard).

FAQs

How does a thatching machine work?

Thatching machines look like lawnmowers but have blades that cut down in crisscrossing motions. This action loosens the thatch, which is then raked up separately and removed.

How much is a thatching machine rental?

Home improvement stores may offer thatching machine rentals for up to $80 a day and require a $150 deposit.

What is the aerating and thatching process?

Thatching (or dethatching) is the process of cutting away at dead grass, then removing it so nutrients can reach the healthy grass roots. With lawn aeration, a machine or tool punches holes into your yard for the same purpose of dethatching: allowing nutrients more immediate access to the roots.

These two processes may work in tandem. Although, aeration may work best for lawns with clay-rich soil. Contact a lawn dethatching service near you for a professional recommendation.

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