Removing thatch from a lawn is an important part of regular lawn maintenance that will produce positive results in your lawn's overall appearance. Thatch is a dead layer of grass and moss that accumulates at the soil level and contributes to a lawn's unsightly appearance and inferior condition. Depending upon the size of your lawn and the depth of the thatch, a hand thatch rake may be all you need to rid your lawn of thatch build-up.
Mow the lawn before you remove the thatch so the grass is not too long. Set the mower to cut the grass at one inch prior to removing thatch.
Hold the rake with both hands and place the tines of the dethatching rake on the soil surface (through the blades of grass).
Exert steady pressure on the rake as you pull the rake toward you with both arms. The tines of the rake should pull up thatch as you pull the rake.
Reposition the rake again beside the original position and repeat the pulling motion with the rake.
Continue raking up thatch until you have a pile of thatch accumulated. Transfer the thatch to the garbage bag.
Work in a methodical way to progress through the entire lawn to remove the thatch, bagging the thatch as you go.