Yard and Garden: Thatch and Fall Removal

AMES, Iowa – Thatch can be problematic and beneficial to lawns. Thatch supplies necessary food sources for microbes and organic matter. However, excessive thatch can harbor diseases and insects. Thatch that is properly balanced promotes growth and appearance of a well-groomed lawn. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach answer questions about thatch and fall removal. To have more questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or 515-294-3108.


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