- Subscribe to Premium Service Lawn Care Package and receive a complimentary Power Rake, Vacuum and Aeration
2. Power Rake, Vacuum and Aeration
3. Aeration and one fertilizer application
Lawn Care Packages
$800 for the season (monthly payment plan of $160/month)
Includes trim grass edges, cut lawn areas once per week during the season plus:
- 3 fertilizer applications spread throughout the season
- 2 weed control applications on lawn areas spread throughout the season
$650 for the season (monthly payment plan of $130/month)
Includes trim grass edges, cut lawn areas once per week during the season
Cutting season is May 3rd - Sept 26th (21 weeks)
Power Rake & Vacuum
Weed control Application
Should I Power Rake - FAQs
Q How can I tell if I need to power rake?
A If thatch is more than ½ inch thick, you should consider power raking. Take a core sample of grass and soil from your lawn. Measure the organic material sitting on the surface of the soil. It should not exceed ½ inch. Check several areas of your lawn, as build-up can be irregular.
Q What is thatch?
A Thatch is a layer of semi-decomposed grass and other organic material that accumulates above the soil faster than Mother Nature can absorb it. Thatch build-up is a normal occurrence and is not necessarily harmful to the lawn until it gets too thick. Poor mulching mower performance can be a big contributor to thatch build-up.
Q Why should I worry about thatch?
A Thatch forms a barrier between soil and the water, nutrients and air required for a healthy lawn. It may also serve as a perfect breeding ground for damaging lawn diseases.
Q How do I get the best results from power raking?
A Soil should be moist, but not too wet. If the soil is too wet the grass could pull away. Best results are achieved when working in two directions. Adjust the depth of the flails under the machine so that they make contact with, but only gently skim the surface, and remove thatch. The flails should not make contact with the soil. Rake up or vacuum the thatch immediately.
Before you power rake, try to get most of the left over from fall leaves off the grass and trim to about to 3 inches. This will allow the power rake blades good access to the thatch without having to go through a wall of leaves.
Q I see power rake and vacuum often offered together. What does the vacuum do?
A Simply put the vacuum is a machine that sucks up all the thatch from a lawn after it has been power raked. It replaces the manual raking effort. However, it is not meant to remove excessive leaves or other winter debris from lawns, rocks, or flower beds. We still have to count on hand rakes or leaf blowers for those jobs.
Q When should I power rake?
A Warm season grasses are better in late spring to early summer. Do not be in a rush to power rake if there is an early spring. Frost can be lurking below the surface which will reduce the benefit of your power rake. Because power raking does damage some healthy grass, it is important to power rake with enough growng season left for your lawn to recover. Although cool season grasses can be power raked in the fall, at least 30 days of growing season should be available following power raking for successful results.
Q What is the difference between dethatching and power raking?
A Dethatching and power raking are both performed with the same machine with blade settings at different heights. If a lawn has excessive thatch and it is dethatched, an incredible amount of plant material will be ripped up from the lawn. Several pick up trucks of dead thatch can be created from an averaged sized lawn. Dethatching goes deeper and can cause more damage creating a lawn that is thin, and beat up. It is strongly recommended that you combine a dethatching with an overseeding/slitseeding and topdressing to help the new grass seed, get quickly established and stimulate the existing grass plants to recover from the dethatching.
Power raking is a much gentler way to remove the thatch, dead debris and crust that builds up on a lawn over winter. Power raking does not cause the damage that dethatching does, and so the lawn recovers rapidly and maintains it’s density.
Q Which is better to do? Power rake or aerate?
A Power raking and aerating are not substitutes for each other though lawns do experience some common benefits. Power raking removes excess organic debris from the lawn. Aerating is meant to reduce soil compaction and improve grass root development. (See related article on benefits or Core Aeration)
Healthy Roots = Healthy Green Lawn = Beautiful Property
Over time, lawns can begin to deteriorate for many reasons. Insect damage, weed infestation, drought and traffic can all cause lawns to suffer. Many homeowners believe the only solution is to replace the existing turf with new sod. The effort and cost associated with lawn replacement is in many cases, prohibitive, but fortunately there is another alternative. With a few basic lawn restoration techniques, use of fertilizer, grass seed and proper watering a lawn can be restored to its original condition.
A beautiful lawn adds to curb appeal and increases property value.
Over-Seed to Crowd out Weeds
- Over-seeding is a process where grass seed is applied over existing grass in order to fill in bare patches and create a thicker lush lawn. This can be done using a broadcast spreader or a machine called a slit seeder (picture above). The slit seeder makes small slices into the turf and deposits grass seeds into the slits thereby improving seed to soil contact which is essential for seed germination.
- A thick healthy lawn will choke out weeds and minimize the need for herbicide treatments.
Lawn Over-seeding – Prices vary depending on size of the property and area to be seeded. Please contact us for a quote.
Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores from the lawn. This is done mechanically with a specific machine which is equipped with hollow tines mounted on a disk or drum. Known as a core aerator, it extracts 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter cores of soil and deposits them on your lawn. Aeration holes are typically 1-3 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart. Core aeration is a recommended lawn care practice on compacted, heavily used turf and to control thatch buildup.
- Reduce soil compaction
- Penetrating heavy thatch
- Allows water and nutrients to more efficiently reach roots
- Enhance root growth
- Enrich soil surface
- Decreasing water run-off