Power Raking is great a way to remove the dead debris and crust that builds up on a lawn over winter. It is also a gentle way to remove thatch from the lawn without causing the significant damage that dethatching can cause. We recommend power raking in the early spring before new growth has begun. Power raking slices the surface stolons and stimulates new growth, thickening the lawn.
Power Raking in Colorado Springs can be done in the spring or fall. If you are power raking to remove winter debris it is recommended to do it before the lawn starts growing to avoid setting the lawn back during the critical spring time growth. If power raking is being combined with over seeding we recommend doing it early spring to allow the new seedling plenty of time to get established before the summer drought and heat. Late summer/early fall remains the optimum time for any over seeding because you avoid the summer heat and drought and the new seedling do not have to compete with the spring germinating weeds.
Power raking is seen as an easier and more efficient option than dethatching. Because the blades only cut the surface of the grass, it aerates the lawn and helps get rid of dead matter without destroying the healthy grass. Dethatching is a much more extensive process that can tear apart growing grasses and needs to be followed by careful care of the lawn. Power raking targets only the dead grass layer and when done effectively, removes waste without causing damage so that the lawn can heal quickly and no permanent damage is done.