Power raking is a process for removing excess thatch from your lawn. Power raking in Colorado Springs 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.
Power raking is similar to dethatching, with less residual damage to the lawn. 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.
Thatch is the layer of decomposing debris that naturally accumulates over time. It can be found on top of the soil below the grass line in your lawn. A certain amount of thatch is normal and is not detrimental to maintaining lawn health; some thatch can even help with resiliency in high traffic areas. BUT once the thatch becomes more prevalent it can cause problems. An excess of thatch in your lawn will cause it to shed water, thus restricting the absorption of water and nutrients into the soil and resulting in an increased susceptibility to fungi, insects and drought.
When thatch dries out, it can become really difficult to rewet. Dry thatch becomes a barrier to water and fertilizers causing the turf grass to become dry and stressed. In Colorado Springs, the predominant insect problem with mites. Mites really love drought stressed lawns and dry thatch becomes a great hiding place for them to multiply and feast on your thatch and your lawn.
While the main problem with excess thatch is over drying, in some cases where drainage is impeded, thatch can actually prevent evaporation and retain moisture. Once the weather starts to warm up and you start fertilizing your lawn, that moist, warm and nutrient rich environment is perfect for fungal growth.
We recommend power raking in Colorado Springs in the spring or fall. Power raking slices the surface stolons and stimulates new growth, thickening the lawn. 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 overseeding, we recommend doing it early spring to allow the new seedling plenty of time to get established before the summer drought and heat.
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