First, we need to understand the difference between power raking and aeration. Power raking is the process of removing excessive thatch or dead grass, while aeration involves poking small holes in the soil that allows water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the root zone easily. Power raking helps to eliminate dead grass, which allows the new and healthy grass to grow. However, it can damage your lawn if done excessively as it leads to tearing up the healthy grass. On the other hand, aeration promotes healthy grass growth by allowing the water, air, and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.
While it is possible to power rake and aerate at the same time, it’s not always the ideal solution. This is because power raking and aeration have different impacts on your lawn. When power raking, most of the thatch and dead grass is collected, it doesn’t get time to break down and become a natural fertilizer for your lawn. Aeration, on the other hand, leaves the soil plugs behind, bringing up compost and enriching your soil.
If you’re looking to have both services done for your lawn, it is highly recommended to have power raking done first, followed by aeration. This is because the power rake will remove the layer of thatch that blocks the soil surface, ensuring that the aeration process reaches deep into the roots easily. After the power raking is complete, the soil is now ready for aeration.
Another factor to consider is the timing of the power raking and aeration services. Power raking and aeration are best done at different times of the year. Power raking is best done in the spring or fall when the grass is actively growing. Aeration is typically done during the fall or spring when the soil is moist, promoting the easy penetration of nutrients, water, and fertilizer to the roots.