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.

The De-Thatching Myth De-Funked!

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

Do you really need to Power Rake your lawn? Spring weather has arrived, bringing a flurry of lawn care companies offering spring cleanup specials! Most of them involve a combination of power raking as well as an assortment of other services. But is power raking really a necessary service for your lawn? Or is there something better out there that will aid in the health and growth of a lush, green lawn? A power rake is a specialized de-thatching machine. Running it over your lawn means effectively ripping out a layer of built up thatch. Thatch is the un-decomposed stems and roots that build up near the surface of the soil on your lawn. A layer of thatch beyond half an inch in depth can prevent your lawn from reaching optimal growing conditions and in some cases can even cause your lawn to suffocate and turn brown. Power raking will certainly rip out this unwanted layer of thatch. However, it will also rip out the healthy growing grass that is happily surviving on your lawn. In most cases, the thatch on your lawn will not get to over half an inch unless it is a very frequently, compacted area. If you frequently walk or drive over the same area of your lawn, this loose debris can thicken and create a deep layer of thatch. In most events however, on a healthy and regularly maintained lawn, your thatch will not reach a level that warrants any issues and power raking can actually have more negative effects on your lawn than positive ones. THATS RIGHT! If you maintain a healthy lawn, power raking can actually damage it rather than improve it! The common misconception with power raking is that since it rips up all the old thatch and dead growth, your lawn will be better off for it. But what is really happening is that the healthy growth is getting torn out as well, causing undue stress on your lawn. The slicing and dicing of healthy growth will cause negative effects towards the long term health of your lawn. We only recommend power raking about 10% of the time, because in most cases, it will actually be worse for the health of your lawn then not doing it at all! Not to worry, there’s a better solution to tackling thatch build up and to help launch spring growth. Deep core aeration is the process of removing cores of soil from your lawn, about 3/4” in diameter and 3” deep, to help allow nutrients to deeper penetrate the root system of your lawn. Aeration is an absolutely vital piece to the lawn care puzzle as it allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate built up grass and layers of thatch. The process of core lawn aeration is relatively simple, but the benefits are amazing. A lawn aerator is run over your lawn, pulling out plugs of soil and creating holes in the lawn. These plugs are then left on the lawn to decompose on your lawn, essentially creating a layer of healthy, natural fertilizer on top of your lawn. The microbes that are within the plugs will wash into the holes from watering or rain storms and will aid even more in the growth and development of your lawn. Essentially, aeration is a two for one deal with a ton of benefits! You not only help to handle your thatch problem without tearing up and killing your lawn, you also get the added benefit of driving nutrients deeper into the root system of your lawn to help aid growth. These benefits act as our main motivator to help steer our customers towards lawn aeration over power raking. If you want to maintain a healthy, lush lawn, than aeration is a must! Contact us today to book your lawn aeration or read When Is The Best Time To Get My Lawn Aerated? JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS!