When Do You....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dr.lawn21, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. dr.lawn21

    dr.lawn21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Start spring Clean-up's and de-thatching? I have been in the lawncare bus. for several years and always see people out power raking in Jan and Feb. Personaly I like to start in March, so I have about 2 full months of clean-up work before the weekly mowing begins. Do you think that power raking this time of year can hurt the grass?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Can't see how it's gonna do any good. Power raking, dethatching, aerating, etc., should only be done IMO when the turf is actively growing and can repair itself with the help of warm temps, sunlight, and rainfall.

    just my .02
  3. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    It is my understanding that de thatching is better off done in the fall.:)
  4. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    We do power raking in the fall as well. We run the JRCO rake over the lawn in the spring to loosen the embedded leaves and sticks, but that doesn't do the damage that a dedicated power rake will do.

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