Power Raking is a great way to remove dead debris that can build up on a lawn over the winter months. It's also an efficient way to remove a small amount of thatch from the lawn, without causing the significant stress that Dethatching can cause.
We recommend Power Raking in early spring before new growth has begun. The service is especially effective combined with Overseeding, as it opens the lawn surface so that new seed can get better established at soil level.
It's also a great way to thicken up bentgrass lawns, since Power Raking slices the surface stolons(grass budding points) and stimulates new growth, thickening the lawn.
Power Raking generally involves using fixed knife type blades that slice the thatch instead of ripping it out. Using a dethatching machine, it is set to high so that the blades just skim the surface. Unlike Dethatching, Power Raking doesn't cause extensive stress to the lawn and it will recover more rapidly and maintain its density.
Power Raking can be done in the spring or the fall. If you're looking to remove winter debris, it is recommended to do it before the lawn starts growing to avoid setting the lawn back during critical springtime growth.
If power raking is being combined with Overseeding, we recommend doing it in early spring to allow the new seedlings plenty of time to get established before the summer drought and heat. Late summer or early fall remains the optimum time for any Overseeding because you avoid the summer heat and drought and the new seedlings do not have to compete with germinating weeds in spring.