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Proper Raking for Optimal Lawn Health

Unwanted Thatch LayerRaking plays a key part in lawn health by reducing thatch build-up in lawns. Thatch is the layer of dead turf in between the grass and the soil. Excess thatch creates a favourable environment for turf pests and traps moisture which can lead to mould and disease issues. A thatch level of half an inch is best, any more than that hinders oxygen and water flow to the roots creating compact soil, minimizing new seed germination and reducing nutrient uptake.

Excess thatch is generally caused by infrequent mowing or mowing too often and leaving the clippings on the lawn. If a lawn is mowed at the proper height it is ok to leave the clippings on as they’re small enough to break down before the next mowing.

The best way to reduce excess thatch is to have your lawn dethatched by The Lawn Renovators. We use a power rake to dethatch your lawn with a bag attachment so the clippings aren’t left behind. Alternatively the same results can be achieved through tedious routine manual raking of the lawn or bagging your clippings after each mowing. Power raking should be done every 2-3 years as needed.

Aerations also help to reduce thatch levels by removing cores of soil. Having the lawn aerated on an annual or bi-annual basis is a great way to ensure that the thatch level never gets too out of control while also maintaining a healthy soil structure.

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