Spring is just around the corner! This is the perfect time to start planning important lawn care tasks that will set your yard up for success. What you do (or don’t do) during late winter and early spring can impact your grass during the growing season. At Lawn Lovers, we want to ensure that come summertime, you can enjoy a lush and healthy lawn that will stick around for many more seasons to come.
Most people are familiar with fertilizing and aeration, but another important service is power raking. Keep reading to learn more about what power raking is, the best time to get it done, and the benefits it can bring to your yard.
What is power raking?
Power raking involves using a machine to quickly and effectively remove dead grass and other organic matter that has accumulated from the previous season. When dead grass is left on the lawn, it turns into a thick layer of thatch that needs to be removed.
Thatch is a mat of dead grass, stems, roots, and leaves that has gathered between the soil and actively growing grass. While a thin layer of thatch can be beneficial for your lawn because it helps hold moisture longer, too much thatch prevents water and nutrients from going into the soil.
The best time to power rake your lawn
We recommend scheduling a power raking service in the early spring before new growth begins. By removing as much thatch and debris as possible, the soil and grass are able to absorb the nutrients and water it needs during the critical growing season.
Power raking too late into the growing season can potentially damage your lawn. Along with power raking, it’s a good idea to schedule an aeration service as part of the spring yard clean-up. Aeration alleviates soil compaction, allowing water, fertilizer, and sunlight to reach the roots.
The benefits of professional power raking services in Calgary
Hiring professional services is a great way to make sure that your lawn is cared for properly. You have an expert who knows how to help your lawn thrive. Some of the benefits of professional power raking include:
- Removes waste without damaging healthy grass.
- Less risk of damage as a professional will know how much thatch to remove.
- A lawn that can breathe easier and absorb essential nutrients.
- Allows water to penetrate the soil more easily.
- No need to hand rake your lawn in the spring, which is time-consuming and physically demanding.
While there are commercial lawn care products and machines available, keep in mind that caring for your lawn requires time, the right knowledge, and a lot of work. Unfortunately, some have damaged their lawns due to over-fertilizing, power raking too much or during the wrong time, overwatering, underwatering, mowing the grass too short – the list goes on.
If you’re not sure what your lawn needs, we are here to help. Contact us with your lawn care and maintenance concerns – we can answer your questions and recommend the right solution.