Helpful Power Raking Tips
Over the long winter in Northern Colorado, the thatch on your lawn can become incredibly compressed and covered with other debris that has formed in the snow. When Spring comes around this can cause big problems to your lawn as the grass, both old and new, can have trouble absorbing the nutrients and vital sunlight needed to promote new growth.
Furthermore, wet grass and moss that forms as the snow melts can add to the thatch and nutrient choking issues. Power Raking is the process of aggressively removing heavy thatch with a power tool that looks similar to a push mower but uses small flails to pull apart the thatch.
Reduce Thatching & Improve Lawn Maintenance
Not all thatch is bad! In a small layer, thatch can protect the roots in the topsoil from hot and direct sunlight. Also, lawn clippings from mowers provide their own layer of nutrient-rich thatch.
However, if the dead thatch layer is void of nutrients and too thick, heavy thatch can keep the roots from absorbing the nutrients from those lawn clippings. Any thatch layer that is thicker than ½ inch should be thinned to avoid issues.
Power Raking is best done in early Spring in Northern Colorado and around Greeley when the snow has finally melted. This period of time is when the heavy thatch layer formed over winter is first uncovered and sunlight is able to reach the grass seedlings beginning to grow. Power Raking can be especially beneficial if you are reseeding or seeding a lawn for the first time as the soil will be nice and open from removing the thatch.
Power Raking vs Aeration
Aeration and Power Raking have similarities yet are very different. While Aeration does enhance grass and plant abilities to absorb nutrients, it does so in a much more spaced out manner that does not affect the thatch nearly as much as Power Raking. Like Aeration, Power Raking allows the roots to gather nutrients more easily. However, Power Raking does not expose the root system as Aeration does.
Power Rake vs Hand Rake
You might think that you can dethatch your lawn just as easy with a hand rake. While it is true that you can remove some thatch with a hand rake, you can do a great deal of damage to your lawn. A plastic rake will likely break before pulling up enough thatch to have much effect, while a metal rake risks pulling up just as much healthy grass as thatch. A Power Rake is specifically designed to cut into the thatch and pull it straight up without damaging the grass itself.
Power Raking and Dethatching services
To avoid damaging your lawn, we highly recommend calling us to consult on your overall lawn maintenance and to see if your lawn could benefit from power raking. Our lawn care professionals are trained to analyze the thickness and depth of the thatch in your yard so we can advise on the best ways to get your lawn to the best shape it has ever been in. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our Landscaping and Lawn Care Services.