Is this thatch and what to do now
I have areas (some small (size of a desert plate) and some large (3'x2')) that have been compacted and have dead grass. I took a hard rake and started scraping and tons of dead grass started coming up. Is this thatch? I did all the areas that looked dead and I got a half a trash can full.
I am trying to improve my lawn. Here is the history:
Bought last year.
Was vacant over two years.
Last fall I over seeded.
Watered once a week.
Mow at 3.5 inches.
Live in Illinois (10 min from St. Louis, IL)
Harsh winter this year.
Two weeks ago I applied baby shampoo through a hose end sprayer.
I am going to do a soil test soon also.
What would you recommend I do now? The areas I raked doesn't have grass any longer. Should I plant seeds now? Should I dethatch my whole lawn and if so is there a machine for this? Pally more baby shampoo?
Any help is greatly appreciated.