Power Rakes

Written by Charles Peacock
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Power rakes are generally for the lawn-care specialist, but they serve an important purpose in keeping grass healthy. Contrary to what you might think, power rakes are not just leaf rakes with an engine--they're actually not for raking leaves at all. Let's take a look at what power rakes really do, and how they can make your grass greener.

What Power Rakes Do for Your Lawn

Keeping grass healthy means keeping it properly fed and aerated. But sometimes watering and fertilizing your grass isn't enough, particularly if it has developed a thick layer of thatch. Thatch refers to the tight layer of roots and clippings that accumulates over time at the base of the grass blades, and while it is sometimes helpful, it can also be harmful.

If a thatch layer is less than one half of an inch thick, it can help keep moisture in the soil and can help your grass thrive. Over time, however, thatch layers tend to get too thick, which can choke your grass and prevent air, water and nutrients from penetrating to the roots. In these situations, power rakes are required to break up the layer of thatch.

When power raking your lawn, it is important to take special care so as not to damage your grass. First of all, you don't want to rake too deeply, which can damage the roots of the grass. It is also important to only power rake the grass when it is in full growth. Typically, this is in late spring, summer or autumn.

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