How Often Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

Lawn aeration should be performed at a minimum of once every two years to maintain an average looking lawn. Annual aeration is the most common choice by homeowners, as aeration is not a very expensive service offered by most lawn care companies. If your lawn is heavily trafficked (lots of pets or children playing), aeration can provide even greater benefits if you have it done twice a year. The optimal time of the year to have aeration done is in the spring when the lawn is begining to transition from dormant to growing. In Winnipeg, this occurs near the end of April/begining of May. If you plan to have your lawn aerated twice a year, it is best to have it done early spring and then again in the fall. The best time in the fall in Winnipeg is late September/early October. Waiting too long in October can actually result in negative effects towards the lawn, so it is best to err on the side of caution and aim for late September. Lawn aeration is the act of taking a special machine over your lawn that punches holes roughly 2-4” in length and an inch in diameter. As you push the aerator over the lawn, the tines rotate causing more holes to be created and this results in ‘plugs’ being pulled from the lawn. These plugs are comprised of a layer of soil and the top layer of thatch/grass that makes up your lawn. Leaving these plugs on your lawn and raking them in over the following two weeks can be extremely beneficial for your lawn. The actual act of lawn aeration allows the lawn to absorb more nutrients, water, and allows the lawn to breath. This act of de-compacting your lawn is especially necessary on lawns that are heavily trafficked. For the 2017 lawn care season, Cleanr Mow will be offering $99 power rakes when you book before April 15th, up to 3,000 square feet of turf. For an additional $49, you can add aeration and have the healthiest lawn in the neighbourhood.

Core Aeration or Power Raking?

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

Core Aeration vs. Power Raking Core aeration or power raking? Which is better for your lawn? There’s always a debate between lawn care professionals. However, it’s not that one is better than the other. Each method has it’s specific application, time and place to create a lush, healthy lawn. Core Aeration Core aeration or “plugging your lawn” as it’s often called, uses a machine that literally pierces your lawn and pulls a plug out of your lawn, leaving the remains on top of your lawn. The benefit of doing core aeration is that it loosens up the soil. You want to use core aeration when you have heavily compacted soil or high-traffic areas in your yard. Think of it as tilling your lawn without killing your lawn. The loosening of the soil allows the roots to expand and allows the soil to breathe more. This permits the grass to grow in thicker and fuller than before. There’s many different kinds of lawn aeration services. But using the kind that physically puts a steel tube into the ground, pulls out a plug, and leaves it behind will be the most beneficial for your lawn’s health. Some people like to remove the plugs and others prefer to leave them for the lawn to reuse. Power Raking Power raking or “de-thatching” has a similar purpose to core aeration but isn’t meant to do the exact same thing. As opposed to focusing on compacted soil, power raking removes the dead material that tends to rest on top of the subsoil. Pulling out this unwanted debris will keep the grass from suffocating and reaching its full potential. Power raking physically rips away that unwanted debris, loosening the soil at the same time, but not to the extent that core aeration does. The dead layer of matter is removed but it’s left on top of the lawn, therefore you must collect the remains or else it will settle back in and defeat the purpose of power raking in the first place. Book Now for $99 Power Rakes For the 2017 lawn care season, Cleanr Mow is offering $99 power rakes when you book before April 15th, up to 3,000 square feet of turf. For an additional $49, you can add aeration and have the healthiest lawn in the neighborhood.

How Often Should I Power Rake My Lawn?

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

The common answer to how often you should power rake your lawn seems to be once a year. Generally after the last of the snow melts away, the lawn has dried up, and when Spring is in full bloom. But that may not be the best idea for the overall health of your lawn. Power raking is the act of taking a gas powered dethatcher (or power rake) which uses metal tines to tear the top layer of thatch off of your lawn. In Winnipeg, many homeowners request power raking at the start of the Spring season because it removes the dead grass that has formed over the winter and generally fluffs up your lawn making it look green before it even starts growing for the season. What is missing however, is the actual need to power rake your lawn. On average, a healthy lawn really only needs to be power raked once every three to four years (potentially sooner in higher traffic areas) for optimal growth and lawn health. Alongside an annual lawn aeration and a fertilization plan, power raking would not need to be an annual occurence. However, at Cleanr Mow we do offer power raking as an option during the Spring season as many Winnipeg homeowners do prefer it for the instant beautification of their lawn. If a lawn does not need a full fledged power rake, we can raise our commercial grade machines to the highest level and provide the fluffed up and healthy look without damaging the lawn. In that case, it will only remove the old, dead grass from over the winter and will not damage the healthy, soon to be growing grass below. For the 2017 lawn care season, Cleanr Mow will be offering $99 power rakes when you book before April 15th, up to 3,000 square feet of turf. For an additional $49, you can add aeration and have the healthiest lawn in the neighbourhood.