Power raking removes thatch (dead grass) from lawns to promote thicker, healthier grass all summer long. It is recommended that you power rake at least once a year; however, you need to be careful about how you go about it. When in doubt, call on the professionals at Yard Smart in Medicine Hat for lawn tips.
Why remove thatch?
Thatch is helpful in some ways, but like other aspects of growing grass, you can end up with too much of a good thing. Thick layers of thatch, particularly beyond an inch, often cause serious problems. Excess thatch limits the effectiveness of watering, fertilizer and pest control substances. Thatch also contributes to disease and higher insect populations. However, thinner layers of thatch can be beneficial for wear tolerance and surface resiliency, and they also help reduce water loss and soil temperature fluctuations. Power raking is typically recommended in mid-spring as the lawn needs ample time to recover prior to the summer months. Deep power-raking may not be required for all customers. Our staff will make the appropriate adjustments based on the situation.
Power raking boosts the effectiveness of watering, fertilizers, and pest controls.
How Do We Power Rake?
We power rake the entire lawn, bringing excess thatch to the surface. We then hand rake or blow the dead grass off the lawn where it is disposed of in a responsible manner.