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What exactly is Power Raking? The term is used loosely to describe methods of ‘dethatching’. Another common term used to describe dethatching is ‘aerating’. The purpose behind power raking and aerating is to remove some of the thatch layer (this is where the term ‘dethatching’ comes from). The thatch layer is the layer of decomposed, organic material that lies between the top of the soil and the bottom of the grass blade. It is ok for your lawn to have about ½” of thatch, but if it has more, then it’s good idea to start aerating. There is a difference between power raking and aerating, though. We have them described below:
A small tractor, lawn mower or similar machine will rotate large, powerful metal tines through the ground a few inches deep. This is a very invasive process and can damage the lawn because it’s ripping through the grass at powerful speeds. We do not recommend power raking unless there is a 2” or greater layer of thatch in the lawn or your lawn has been established for many years.
By removing soil cores, aeration allows your lawn to breathe and provides a channel for moisture and vital nutrients to get down to the roots of your lawn. It also decreases water runoff. It reduces thatch build up and allows fertilizer, water and air direct access to the root system to encourage deeper root growth. The plugs then decompose naturally in a couple of weeks, also adding nutrients to the soil. Your lawn will be stimulated to grow new, more vigorous root systems, which will help prepare it for the inevitable stresses that come with our South Dakota climate. Aerations are performed during the early spring and fall when the temperatures are cool or begin to moderate. Soil must be moist to do the aeration. Sprinkler heads and sprinkler boxes need to be marked prior to the service. Aerations are not recommended for new sod or newly seeded lawns less than 2 years old.
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