Should I Dethatch, Aerate, Or Power Rake My Lawn?

BJ Haunert - Friday, July 08, 2016

If you're like most homeowners, you strive to have a healthy, verdant lawn that's the envy of all of your neighbors. One key component to keeping your lawn in good shape is how to deal with lawn clippings left behind by your mower. While a little bit of cut grass can help amend the soil, too much can keep the living grass from getting enough sunlight.

There are three basic ways to deal with grass clippings and other lawn debris; dethatching, aerating and power raking. Each has its advantages.

1.Dethatching. Thatch is more than just grass clippings; it’s the layer of dead roots, organic debris and leaves between the grass and the soil. By removing this layer, you allow more moisture and sunlight to reach the grass as well as reducing the potential for disease and insect infestations.

2.Aerating. Aerating involves using a special tool to poke small holes in your lawn. This helps rain water and water from your sprinkler system to be more easily absorbed by the grass. It also helps prevent the grass root structure from becoming so dense that it strangles the plants.

3.Power raking. Power raking is another method of removing grass, moss, dead leaves and other organic matter that can smother your grass. This method combines both dethatching and aerating in one motion, using a special garden tool. You ideally want to power rake your lawn once a year, either in the spring or fall, depending on the type of grass you have.

To learn more about how best to treat your lawn this summer, contact Modern Turf.

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