Traverse City

Should I be Dethatching my Lawn in Traverse City?

In Traverse City and Leelanau County we tend to get excited when the snow melts. I usually dust off the flip flops and the sunglasses when the temperature hits 50 degrees. We feel active and productive and want to get the lawn looking great as soon as possible. Dethatching the lawn has become one of the first tasks we do each year on the lawn.

Dethatching Your Lawn is Unnecessary

The idea behind dethatching is that you remove all of the dead grass from the previous year. Then the new grass can poke through and grow better. This is not necessary. The brown grass will not impede the growth of new grass. In fact, that dead grass that you are removing from the lawn is perfectly good compost. It will eventually break down to provide additional nutrients for your lawn. Also, the ground can still be pretty wet in the early spring. Walking or driving on the wet lawn can cause compaction and make it more difficult to grow grass.

Do a Spring Cleanup

There are some beneficial things you can do to the lawn in the spring even though dethatching is probably not the best idea. Generally, it is a good idea to do a “spring cleanup” of the lawn to get it ready for summer.

  1. Pick up sticks and large objects. These items can potentially cause damage to lawn mowers. Or worse…they can become weapons for children.
  2. Clean up snow blower/snow plow debris. Sometimes excess snow removal efforts can create piles of dirt/stones that will blanket the grass. This can kill small areas in the lawn.
  3. Fertilize the lawn. Not any fertilizer will do. You want to make sure the fertilizer includes a product for crabgrass prevention. This will reduce the chances of the ugly summer grass taking over your lawn.

Dethatching is not necessary. Your lawn will be on the right path to a beautiful outdoor season if you do the 3 things listed above. Please let us know if you are interested in having your lawn fertilized by Green Team or would like recommendations for contractors to do a spring cleanup.

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Spring Cleanup for Your Traverse City Lawn

Now that Spring is finally here, it is time to begin planning your lawn care for the upcoming warm weather in beautiful Northern Michigan. Here are a few tips that should be done to ensure a successful growing season in Leelanau County and Traverse City.

Spring Cleanup

Your lawn is probably not looking its best this time of the year, but there are some easy things that should be done to help it look better and prepare for summer.

  1. Pick up all of the stones, twigs, and miscellaneous debris that has accumulated in your lawn throughout the winter. This will eliminate many eyesores and leave your lawn looking clean and uniform. You may even need to pull out a broom to sweep out the little stones and dirt that may have piled up around your driveway from the endless snow removal efforts of the winter.
  2. Rake! This is a really important step because it helps your lawn in multiple ways. First, it removes all of the leaves and little debris that settled on your lawn late last fall and throughout the winter. Second, it helps remove all of the dead grassthat has accumulated. You need to be sure that you don’t just scratch the surface with a plastic rake. You want to rake deeply with a metal rake to pull up all of the compacted grass near the soil. This helps remove the layer of “thatch” and allow your lawn to breathe and grow properly.
  3. Aerate your lawn…or let Green Team do it for you! This relieves your soils compaction and allow your grass to “breathe”. It also helps the roots get more oxygen and water to keep it healthy and green all season lawn.
  4. Fix any snow plow damage that may have happened to your lawn this winter. This can be done by removing large clumps of grass/soil. Then fill in any holes with topsoil to make a level surface with the rest of your lawn. Lastly, spread quality grass seed over the fresh topsoil and make sure you keep this area moist.


This is where Green Team Lawn Care can help start your lawn on the right track for the season! Green Team provides a fertilization program that is customized to the climate of Traverse City and Leelanau County. The first fertilization application of the season is extremely important because it provides the necessary nutrients for your lawn to thrive.

The first application is also important because it includes crabgrass preventer. Generally, crabgrass is the clumpy, tall grass that seems to grow faster than the rest of your lawn. This happens because crabgrass is more adept at thriving when nutrients in the lawn are scarce. Crabgrass is also difficult to get rid of once it becomes established, so the best method of control is to stop it before it starts.

If you would like to have Green Team Lawn Care to come to your home and provide a free estimate, Call Now at (231) 886-1860, or click “Contact Us” at the top of the page and submit a quote request.

This year is going to be another beautiful year in Traverse City and Leelanau County. Make sure your lawn is beautiful too!