Getting to Know About Thatch 

» Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Landscaping | 0 comments

The practice of burning fields has been present for ages. You’ve seen this not just in your community but also outside. For the majority of young people, they either: do it because they have been told by the elders; or refuse to do it because they have been alarmed by the ill effects burning can do to not only to the land, but also to the air. Hence, making this topic divisive. In fact, so divisive that elders still convince everybody that burning is the way to go for thatch removal. But is it really still the way to go, in the midst of many gardening developments by landscaper

About Thatch

Thatch Removal through burning 

A thatch, as what we all know, is a fibrous buildup of both living and dead organisms. It is made up of stems, runners, surface roots, grass clippings, and the likes. This is in contrast to what others think that a thatch is only made up of debris and lawn clippings. Most common cause for this buildup is infrequent mowing. Other causes include: poor soil texture and aeration, shallow watering, and excessive nitrogen fertilizer and pesticide. Grasses that are prone to have thatches are: bermuda grass; blue grass; buffalo grass; rye grass; tall fescue; and zoysia grass. 

The thatch is viewed as a lawn waste. The most common form of getting rid of them, especially in the southeastern part of US, is through burning. The popularity has lead to a widespread debate on this practice. 

Because of its unpredictable nature, use of fire can get quickly uncontrollable. Others already have this generalization that the use of fire to get rid of thatch is not recommended due to fire hazards and safety concerns. For all these reasons, some places have already made a ban on burning, while others require permits to do burning. There are also places that plot specific times when to do burning.  

Be sure to do homework by checking out thatch removal regulations in your area. As an alternative for those places who have banned burning of thatches, they recommend chemical and/or mechanical dethatching. Other practices that don’t involve fire include: power raking; regular soil aeration; scalping; and vermiculture among others. If your area asks you to secure a permit to do burning for your thatches, secure one. If your area assigns a specific time for burning, follow that schedule. It’s a good idea to discuss your thatch removal plans with your neighbors for they’ll know the things to anticipate. Plus, they might even give you tips on how to mitigate risks involved.  

As soon as you have the permit or the schedule to do burning, we recommend you to do these steps: 

  1. Gather plenty of lawn helpers for this operation. You’ll never know if the fire will go out of hand. The available helpers will be there to control it.   
  1. Create a fire line. This is a strip of about 3 to 4 meters (or 10-12 foot) for the burning area. The intention of this line is to control fire if it reaches to this point. 
  1. Place the hoses that are connected to a stable water source. The water source has to be near the burning area for quick response. 
  1. Wear safety gear. 
  1. Abort burning if the wind speed is about 10-12 MPH. This will make the fire uncontrollable.   

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