Rake Matted Grass
Learn How to Rake Matted Grass - Fit Turf

Raking a matted lawn can be very important after an intense winter, and you want to target the areas of your lawn that are brown and matted. This technique will help prevent dead areas and encourage healthy growth for the upcoming summer. You will want to consider raking if you live in an area that has heavy snowfall, or if your lawn becomes matted from extensive use such as Denver and Metro-Detroit.

The best time to rake dead spots is when your lawn is starting to turn green again around mid-April. This way, you can target areas of your lawn that are actually impacted. Raking right after winter will be less targeted as most of the grass will still be brown, regardless of if it is dead or healthy.

The best time to rake dead spots is when your lawn is starting to turn green again around mid-April. This way, you can target areas of your lawn that are actually impacted. Raking right after winter will be less targeted as most of the grass will still be brown, regardless of if it is dead or healthy.

Raking steps:

  1. Rake the dead areas to loosen any brown grass. It is important not to remove all of the grass, but just break up the top layer of thatch
  2. Remove the loose dead thatch either with a lawn mower, by hand or with an outdoor vacuum. Do not leave any clumps on the lawn
  3. Re-seed the barren patch of lawn and water if applicable

You may also want to consider a nitrogen or iron rich fertilizers to reinforce growth before warmer summer temperatures.

In general, raking is important to prevent unhealthy build of thatch and dead grass, but it is equally important not to get rid of healthy grass that looks dead after a long winter.

Our lawn care technicians are always available to schedule a free consultation to determine the best service to make your lawn green again.