For most people, keeping your lawn looking healthy could be quite a hassle. These days, this doesn’t have to be the case. Having an electric lawn rake can really help keep everything in working order by removing dead grass and moss. As most people need the grass cut on a semi-regular basis, this is only one piece of the puzzle. If you want the lawn to look healthy it may be worth getting an electric lawn rake. But what exactly is an electric lawn rake? Let’s get to work.
What Is An Electric Lawn Rake?
When you are buying an electric lawn rake, they are broken down into two distinct categories; a scarifier and an aerator. A scarifier is a machine that pulls out the dead grass, also known as thatch and moss from your lawn. Thatch is the layer of dead grass that sits on top of a lawn. This allows fresh new green grass to push through. The cutting action of the tool, which is either powered by electricity or a manual push action movement, helps to aerate the soil, making it healthier.
It’s important to note that lawn rakers on their own pull out thatch but don’t cut into the soil. This is why, if you wish to get the benefit of a scarifier and rake, you need to buy a machine that does both, either with a cassette change or by changing blade height.
An electric lawn rake looks a lot like a lawnmower; it has four wheels, a handlebar and a collecting box. The anatomy of a lawn raker comprises of a plastic cylinder with sprung metal tines. This means the lawn rake can comb the lawn, pull out moss, thatch and horizontal grass stalks. Electric lawn rakes and scarifiers use cylindrical rollers that rotate down into the grass.
Not scarifying your lawn and other crucial maintenance jobs on your grass can be devastating in the long run. If you allow dead grass cuttings and moss to sit on the surface of the lawn, this can stop rainwater from draining deep into the ground, which means the grass doesn’t maintain as well. Excess moisture can also encourage more moss to grow, which can compound the problem over time.
What Does An Electric Lawn Rake Do?
An electric lawn rake is used to cut through the thick build-up of thatch that develops on garden lawns. Thatch tends to be made up of dead grass, moss, weeds, and many other unwanted organic matter that stops your lawn growing healthily. Scarifiers cut through the thatch and removing leftover organic matter, which allows access to sunlight and oxygen so the grass grows healthily. Doing this regularly helps the grass look greener, healthier and people who do this regularly have fewer issues with weeds and other pests.
How To Use An Electric Lawn Rake
Scarifying your lawn is a very simple process. Generally, it needs to be done twice a year and no more, either late-spring (around April or May) and/or the beginning of autumn (mid-September). Using an electric lawn rake or scarifier is straightforward. Just make sure to follow this process:
Before You Start
- A few weeks before you start, inspect your lawn for any live moss or debris. It’s important to get rid of this before anything else. Using a moss killer, spread this over your lawn. It’s very important to do this you don’t want to be spreading the living moss all over the garden with the electric rake.
- Once you are certain that the moss has died, mow your lawn with a traditional garden mower on a low setting. You need to cut the grass as short a length as possible, and preferably on a warm, dry day. Doing this before using the electric lawn rake will mean that you can collect the cut grass simultaneously at the end of your job before it has time to do any harm.
- Apply weed killer to your garden a few days in advance to dry out the thatch and prevent the spread of moss spores.
Using The Electric Lawn Rake:
When applying the right setting on your electric lawn rake, it’s important not to go too hard on the grass from the outset. You should gradually increase the depth as you go. Start by moving up and down your lawn with the electric lawn rake on the lowest depth setting. Once you have done this, change the angle so that you are moving over the lawn in a different direction completely. Now you can look to increase the depth setting, gradually bringing out more of the thatch and moss. Generally, two runs over your lawn should suffice, but if the thatch is thick you can repeat one more time, but at a 45-degree angle. The depth setting at this point is an educated guess, as you know how much-unwanted matter you need to remove.
Once you have completed this process, seed your lawn, paying particular attention to areas that look thin. At this point, a garden fertiliser will help to promote fresh growth. And if necessary, a weed killer may help to prevent any recurrence of weeds or moss. Once this is done, it’s just a case of keeping on top of the issues by aerating the lawn regularly, either by using an electric aerator or a spiked roller or fork. As an optional extra, you could add some more grass seed at the end, especially if your lawn is looking tired. Cover the seed some fine compost and sharp sand to protect them while they germinate. Using an electric lawn rake varies depending on the weather and where you are, but as a guide, the best time is when the turf growth is at its most prolific, which is usually in the late spring or early autumn.
As you can see, an electric lawn rake is a crucial part of maintaining the health of your lawn. Scarifying and aerating the lawn is something that needs to be done, and an electric lawn rake is a key tool every gardener needs.