Have you decided to leave the mess for the professionals this winter and invest in a power rake? But when are you going to use it?
If you’ve never used a power rake, you might not be sure what it is capable of. Is it a good idea to use it each time, or can you get away with using it once because of snow buildup?
Keep reading to learn all about power raking snow and how to use your power rake effectively.
1. Prepare Your Lawn
To prepare your lawn for power raking, you’ll need to ensure that the lawn is mowed short and the grass is dry. You will then want to mark boundaries on the lawn that are to be power-raked with stakes or brightly colored strings.
Once you have finished power-raking, check for any remaining clumps in the lawn that may have been missed by lightly raking with a garden rake. Dispose of the debris removed by the power rake. Water the lawn lightly to slightly moisten the soil prior to aerating and over-seeding.
2. Adjust the Depth
To ensure that your lawn comes out looking its best, it is important to pay attention to the depth of your power raking. It is best to avoid digging too deep as this can damage the roots of your grass. When setting the depth, it is required to adjust it based on the current condition of your lawn.
On the other hand, if it is longer and thicker, then a deeper depth setting is ideal. It is also important to note that you should never power-rake rocks, roots, and buried debris, as this can cause damage to your mower.
3. Understand the Power Raking Technique
Power raking involves the use of a machine with a series of blades that cut into the top layer of grass and soil. As the blades move along the surface, they loosen and remove the matted layers of clumped grass and thatch.
To power rake successfully, it is essential to understand the proper speed and pressure to operate the machine to prevent damaging the lawn. The frequency of power raking differs for different types of grass, so research the recommended schedule for the type of grass you are working on.
4. Dealing with Debris After Power Raking
First, always make sure you read the instructions and safety warnings for the power rake of your choice. Before you start raking, rake the area by hand to loosen the soil and remove any debris. Use a slow and steady speed when raking, as going too fast could damage the turf.
After you are done power raking, dethatch the area using a rake and remove the dead grass clippings. Once the grass is dethatched, you can spread fertilizer, overseed, and hydrate the area. As we all know, Spring means yard care. Leaves fall all over the place, so make sure to maintain your lawn.
Start Power Raking Today And Give Your Lawn The Care It Deserves!
Overall, power raking is a great way to ensure your lawn is looking its best. Before you start any power raking, remember to choose the right setting for your grass type to avoid damage. If you’re still unsure, reach out for help from a lawn care professional. In no time, you’ll have a healthy, thriving lawn and a newfound knowledge of power raking. Let’s get started!
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