Raking a lawn is time consuming, tiring and monotonous. However, it is needed to remove debris from your lawn so that it doesn't attract diseases and bugs or block out much needed light. Raking in spring is beneficial, because you can remove debris from winter storms, rake leaves that fall when the new buds push them out and de-thatch your grass so that new blades can grow more easily.
Rake up dry leaves and twigs off the lawn in the spring using a leaf or fan rake. These lightweight rakes move across the surface of the lawn collecting small debris. Rake the debris into a pile after your first time around the yard.
Rake loose thatch from the lawn after you remove other debris. Thatch is dead grass layers that build up over time. It can sometimes hinder new grass growth and block light needed for healthy grass. Press the rake down into the lawn and pull to loosen. Check each area first before raking. Some areas that have had difficulty growing grass might not have any thatch. Don't rake these areas because doing so might damage the slow growing grass.
Rake debris and thatch into small piles, then collect them into garbage bags. Place the tied bags on the curb for pick up. Rake the debris into larger piles for removal by a bedsheet. Rake the leaves, twigs and other things onto a sheet if you have a disposal area of your own such as a compost pile of wooded area. Carry the sheet by the four corners to your disposal site and dump it out.