What is Power Raking?
“Thatch” is the accumulation of dead and decomposing grass plants. Thatch is similar to many aspects of turf production – you can get too much of a good thing. Small amounts of thatch, in the range of 1/4 to 1/2 inch, can improve wear tolerance and surface resiliency, and reduce water loss and soil temperature fluctuations.
Thicker layers, particularly beyond an inch, often cause serious problems. Excessive thatch reduces the effectiveness of fertilizers, watering and pest controls and
provides a good habitat for disease and insects.
Power raking should only be done in mid spring (by late May) since damage is done to the lawn and there needs to be recovery time before there are extreme summer weather conditions.
What We Do for Power Raking?
We will power rake the entire lawn area, walking back and forth in a similar pattern to mowing the lawn. This brings the excess thatch (dead grass) to the surface.
Then we hand rake or blow all the dead grass and haul it to a disposal site. And finally we blow off all the debris on the sidewalks.
Benefits of Power Raking:
• Increases effectiveness of fertilizers, watering and pest controls
• Power raking allows you to better see and address bare spots in your lawn
• It frees up more surface area on your lawn allowing new grass to grow
• Promotes a thicker and healthier lawn