As winter comes to an end and the weather begins to warm, many homeowners begin to think about summer entertaining and enjoying time outdoors. This is also the perfect time to perform lawn maintenance tasks that will make your lawn healthier and stronger. A lush, healthy lawn provides hours of enjoyment for you and your family. Power raking is one task that can help prepare your lawn to shine this summer.
Why Power Rake?
Over time, a mat of dead rhizomes, stems, and roots known as thatch builds up in your lawn. While a thin layer of thatch measuring less than ½” is beneficial to your lawn, thicker layers can be detrimental. A thick layer of thatch can block air, water, and nutrients from reaching the roots of your lawn. It can also cause the roots of your lawn to grown into the thatch layer, rather than the soil. That thick layer of thatch can effectively choke your lawn, damaging it over time.
Power raking a lawn can get rid of the dead growth that prevents a healthy lawn from coming back in the spring. It cuts through the grass with rotating blades or stiff wire tines. For Dummies suggests following 4 basic steps when dethatching your lawn.
- Mow the lawn a little lower than normal right before you dethatch.
- Make at least two passes over the lawn with the dethatcher to get all the thatch. Make the second pass at a 90-degree angle to the first.
- Rake up all the debris. If you haven’t used any pesticides on the lawn and it’s not a weedy grass like Bermuda grass, you can compost the debris or use it for mulch.
- Water and fertilize the lawn (according to your soil test results).
Once you have dethatched your lawn, it is advised to reseed, and fertilize. This helps your lawn recover quicker, and fill in to become lush and healthy.
Rent a Power Rake
Like other infrequently used lawn equipment, power rakes, also known as thatchers, are expensive to buy, and bulky to store. It can also get pricey to have a lawn service come and dethatch your lawn. This makes renting a power rake the logical choice for most homeowners.
Diamond Rental has power rakes available for 2 hour, 4 hour, daily, or weekly rental. With rental prices starting at just $32, it is an economical way to help get your lawn in tip top shape.
Get Your Lawn Ready for the Growing Season
Dethatching is one of the necessary steps to preparing your lawn for summer. When you take the time to conduct proper lawn maintenance, you will be rewarded with a lush, healthy lawn that you and your family can enjoy all summer long.
Save yourself both time and money by renting a power rake from Diamond Rentals. Our expert team will help you with the right equipment, so you can prepare your lawn for a healthy growing season. Contact your local store today. Your lawn will thank you!