Power Raking For The Best Lawn Health
One aspect of lawn maintenance that is sometimes overlooked is power raking, also known as dethatching. But it’s the best way to remove the buildup of excess dead or spent grass. That, in turn, improves water and nutrient flow to the roots, which stimulate new grass growth.
Heavy thatch can choke grass plants, while protecting weeds and insects from the chemicals that fight them.
Now, thatch is not totally bad. Inf act, it actually does two things that benefit your lawn. First, it helps retain moisture and keep the hot summer sun from baking your topsoil. (And here in arid Greeley, CO, quality lawn care includes letting thatch sit…for a while.)
And thatch that results from mowing your lawn generally starts out as green and nutrient-rich. It actually acts as a natural fertilizer. But over time, the clippings become “spent” and that is when they become just useless thatch.
Power raking gets rid of thatch, and allows your new grass clippings to take their turn fertilizing your lawn.
When’s The Best Time to Power Rake?
A power rake is best done early in the spring while your lawn is still dormant. De-thatching does stress your lawn a bit, and you do not want to remove the moisture-retaining qualities of thatch. After late spring, Northern Colorado’s relentless sun can fry your exposed grass crispy.
Power raking also opens the surface of the turf. Therefore, it’s a perfect time to apply a light application of nitrogen-rich lawn fertilizer. Regular watering, plus a fertilizer application after power raking, will ensure your lawn a great start to the season.
A Quick Explanation of Power Raking
Power rakes (often called de-thatching rakes) are pulled across the surface of a lawn. They cut and lift portions of dead thatch to the surface the grass. The blades reach down past the rooted grass blades into the thatch layer above the soil, but they do not go down into the roots.
The cut thatch pieces are then raked up and discarded. Now water and applied nutrients can reach the roots and soil more directly. And this helps keep the lawn green and healthy. Remember, a small amount of thatch is good. Anything more than 1/4- to 1/2 -inch layer should be thinned.
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