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Raking and scarifying your lawn

Should you rake your lawn, and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

Raking your lawn can be great to keep your lawn in shape. There are certain periods when it is best to rake your lawn – see the table below.

| Season Treatment
| Spring Remove any debris, such as stones or leaves. Break up any thatch that may have accumulated. 
 |Summer||| Raking should not be carried out heavily during the summer. It is best to rake your lawn gently, and only to dispose of grass clippings (if your mower does not have a collecting bucket), and any leaves debris or weeds.
| Autumn This is the most common time to rake your lawn – leaves and other dead plant matter seem to descend on your lawn. Regular raking should keep the lawn free from rotting leaves, which can sometimes kill the grass plants. Raking can also help break up any thatch that you have.

 
On the whole raking is good for your lawn, but alternatives such as scarifying, and brushing can be used as well. 

Don’t rake too aggressively.

During the main growing season, usually late spring – summer, it is best not to rake your lawn too hard, as you can damage the delicate plants. Light raking can be carried out during these seasons, but is not essential. 

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