When To Dethatch Lawn

Question From: F. Balogh - Lakewood, Washington, United States
Q: Would it be ok to thatch and over seed my lawn in early February. I live in Western Washington

A: Frank, Grass seed germinates when the soil temperatur is 50 degrees or warmer. Also, dethatching lawn that is too wet will do more harm than good. It compacts the soil - walking on it and destroys more of the existing grass plants. Patience is a virtue. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.