Originally Posted by fl-landscapes
aerating and power raking are two different things. It's not either or. Aerating alleviates soil compaction and allows better oxygen flow to the root zone and power raking removes thatch from turf. So if you are in an area with clay soils and compaction is a problem go with an aerator if you are in an area where your grasses tend to have excessive thatch go with a power rake. Kirk you may have your machines confused....the aerator puts holes in your soil with hollow tines and the power rake will tear up your lawn a bit. People usually aerate before over seeding
No fl it's on here somewhere, probably last July or aug as I rented the power rake in Sept after a long battle last year at this time with brown patch and trying to reseed the back by just killing it off and spreading seed in the dead grass then the thread turned into rent a power rake and I was very iffy of that but eventually did then somewhere along the way the discussion came up about the difference between the power rake Vs aerator and from there the tread turned into the difference between the two
It was a long thread, heck I have problems remembering yesterday sometimes but that stuck out and I committed it to memory for some reason probably because I seen aerating done, knew how left the holes and after I used the power rake it like you said, tore up the turf a but but recovered in two weeks.