If you want to remove dead grass from your lawn then you should dethatch your yard. If your lawn has been damaged by the recent drought conditions, chances are that you will have to do some lawn repairs come fall. Depending on the extent of the damage it might be beneficial to dethatch your lawn. There are several ways to remove thatch from a lawn from manual removal to using power equipment. Thatch rakes are found at most home improvement stores. These rakes have sharp, claw like tines that grab thatch and remove it from the lawn. This is the most labor intensive way to remove thatch. If you are dethatching a small patch of lawn it might be easier to dethatch the lawn by using a thatch rake. Anything over a couple of hundred square feet is best left to power equipment. Most folks do not have hours to dedicate to the manual removal of thatch.
Home owners can also buy dethatcher mower blades to dethatch their lawn. This type of blade looks like your normal mower blade, but it has a metal tine attached to each side of the blade. This tine grabs the thatch when it spinning and allows the mower to cut up the thatch and bag it. The effectiveness of this process is limited to the height of the mower, what is being mowed and how the operator is using the equipment.
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The most effective way to remove thatch in a lawn is through the use of a power rake. Most home owners do not own a power rake, but they can rent one at most rental stores. Power rakes are about the size of your average push mower and can be used by almost anyone. Most power rakes on the market are constructed using metal blades that spin on a drum. The blades are usually serrated, which allows them to grab the thatch in the lawn. Power rake blades spin continuously while the machine is being propelled forward. Most units come with a bagging system to catch the removed thatch. There are adjustable settings on most machines which allow the user to choose the depth of the blades. You only want to set the blades low enough to remove the thatch. If your blades are removing chunks of dirt and living grass, then your machine is set too low. Any rental store should provide instructions on how to properly use the machine prior to renting it out.