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I've heard from some experts that the fall is the best time. I've always done it in the spring.

This year I removed the bigger chunk in the fall and just dethatced a little this spring to clean up a few matted sections. Lawn looks better this year than in the past.

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Most will say fall.

I will say when you do the least damage to your lawn, which would be fall, since spring is usually wet.

It'll always be before you put down crabgrass preventer, because after and you mess up your chemical barrier.

I do it in the spring, but very lightly. I have one of those rake looking things that a person mounts on the front of the mower, and use it more for snagging stuff that's matted down, rather than getting thatch up.

If you mow weekly, you shouldn't have a thatch problem.

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