When the Grass is Actually Not Greener

You have probably heard the phrase about how “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Different variations of and alternatives to the phrase can be found pretty much everywhere online. This folksy phrase is meant to evoke the moral that other people’s problems never seem as dire or intense as they may be in actuality; in other words, your problems are not that different than other people’s problems.

Many people say that the solution to the jealousy behind this phrase is to focus on the benefits of your life while at the same time recognizing that other people’s problems are probably intense to them, too. Surprisingly, this same phenomenon applies to actual grass.

For people interested in maintaining well-groomed lawns, it can seem that quite literally, the grass on the other side (say, at your neighbor’s) is greener. Indeed, some lawns are healthier than others. And thankfully for the people care passionately about lawns, the causes of the disparity are known!

As a company that provides Chesterfield mowing services, Midwest Lawn Co’s website mentions that there are different factors that can affect lawn healthiness and growth. Some of those factors include thatch thickness, soil acidity, and invasive species or pests. Unfortunately, that list long and there are many other influencing factors in relation to the condition of your lawn.

In this post, I will outline one of the most common issues (thatch) that impacts the well-being of your lawn, as well as some of the most cost-efficient and common solutions used by plants and grass experts to deal with thatch.


Thatch is a pretty niche topic, so it is understandable if you have never heard of it. Thatch is the layer in between the top grass line and the under soil. The top grass line is the visible layer of the ground with grass blades that are mowed down on a continual basis. The undersoil is the deep layer below that contains nutrients necessary to the health and wellness of the grass.

Thatch can be good for the development of grass by acting as a protectant layer and shielding the top-layer vegetation from temperature extremes. However, it can threaten the livelihood of your yard by becoming too thick. When thatch is too thick, it can choke plant growth by blocking water from reaching roots and otherwise interfering with healthy soil management.

One of the best ways to handle problems with the thatch in your yard is to regularly rake your lawn (or better, have a professional who is knowledgeable in the area) to ensure that dead leaves and other debris do not lead to the accumulation of thatch beyond appropriate boundaries.

Another solution is aeration. This process refers to professionals using a special aeration machine to dig up plugs of soil and “air out” your lawn, reducing the nasty effects of thatch and allowing your plants, grass, and vegetation to access the necessary ingredients to grow healthily.

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