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.
Scroll to the last paragraph for the quick answer! The main goal of a spring clean up is to prepare your lawn for the spring and summer growing season. Every technique and service used during a spring clean up plays a crucial role in the over all health and maintenance of your lawn. To see an in depth explanation of what we do during a spring clean up, check back next week when we release our SPRING CLEAN UP CHECKLIST. For a summary of why a spring clean up is a necessity to keep your lawn healthy, continue reading! During a spring clean up all debris and trash is removed from your lawn. It is very common to have garbage and debris blow into your lawn over the winter, but not have it cleared because it was buried under the snow. Once the debris and trash are removed from your lawn, all leaves and dead plant material are removed out of your flower beds and off your lawn. This allows for the lawn and beds to gain more exposure to the sun allowing for better growth. In the winter months, it is very common to have lots of gravel and sand pushed off of the road and onto your boulevard. We like to blow this sand and gravel off of your boulevard to create a much cleaner look and allow for better lawn growth. After this step, we run a lawn mower with a dedicated mulching blade over the lawn to help remove a small layer of thatch, as well as ‘poof’ up the grass a bit. This is where you see the immediate transformation from brown, dead-looking grass, to growing grass. After the de-thatching run, we do a collection run with a bagging lawn mower. This pass allows us to pick up all of the mulched thatch from your lawn. Removing this allows the lawn to breathe and absorb more sun, water, and nutrients. Finally, we run a lawn aerator over your lawn. To read more about aeration, check out The Dethatching Myth Defunked. In conclusion, the answer to the question “do I need a spring clean up?” is overwhelmingly YES! You do need a spring clean up if you would like to maintain a healthy lawn. The benefits of a spring clean up are many, and you will not be disappointed by us at Cleanr Mow! If you are interested in a full spring clean up, lawn aeration, or spring fertilizer, you can book an estimate now! JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS!
Spring, Summer or Fall? Lawn aeration or deep core aeration is the act of removing plugs of soil from your lawn, approximately 3/4” wide and 3” deep. These plugs are then deposited on top of your lawn where they are left to decompose from watering or rain fall. The benefits of aeration are countless, but the main benefit is that it helps to quell an abundance of thatch on your lawn, which can lead to brown spots and lack of growth if not treated. Lawn aeration also allows water, nutrients, and air to reach deeper into your lawn’s root system to help promote healthy and stable growth. If you have ever been undecided between power raking your lawn and aerating it, check out The Dethatching Myth Defunked. The optimal time to aerate your lawn is when the lawn has just begun leave the dormant state and will be able to heal and fill in the gaps left from the removal of the plugs. A good time frame is anywhere between the beginning of April and the beginning of May in Winnipeg. This allows time for the lawn to heal and gain all of the nutrients from the decomposing plugs before the lawn goes into full growth mode for the summer months. It is also recommended to aerate your lawn near the end of the season before it goes totally dormant. This allows extra nutrients to enter your lawn and help it survive during its hibernation through the winter months. A good time frame for this aeration is mid-September to mid-October. You don’t want to wait until a week before the snow falls though, so make sure to keep an eye on the weather! A good lawn care provider will recommend aeration for your lawn on a twice a year regimen. Once during your spring clean up and once during your fall clean up. This aeration schedule allows for optimal growth and nutrients to reach the root system of your lawn. Aeration at least once a year will help to keep your lawn looking lush, green, and full year round. To book your lawn aeration or a full spring clean up, call us today – (204) 960-0246! JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS!
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