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Power raking (dethatching) for a healthier lawn

Greenlawn recommends power raking — sometimes called “dethatching” or even “thatching” — as one way of addressing an excessive buildup of thatch in your lawn. The other method to address excessive thatch buildup is core aeration, another Greenlawn service beneficial to lawns in St. Clair County, Sanilac County and into Macomb County.

The buildup of thatch is a natural occurrence as dead and decaying organic matter mingles with living grass near the surface of the soil. Thatch is not inherently a bad thing. In times of high heat or drought, it serves as an insulating layer.

But when thatch builds up to a thickness greater than a half-inch, it may start to deprive the soil and the roots of your grass of sufficient moisture, air and nutrients, including the fertilizers applied by Greenlawn. A suffocating environment favors the development of fungi and lawn diseases and is a breeding ground for insect pests.

Power raking is the most efficient method of dethatching a lawn and is a job best left to the pros of Greenlawn and our specialized equipment.

The best time of year for power raking is spring or fall, when temperatures are cooler and rainfall more plentiful, because under those conditions your lawn will recover rather easily.

If you think it’s time to dethatch, ask a Greenlawn expert to inspect your lawn and provide a free, no-obligation quote.