Seasonally raking your lawn will keep it healthy and green. In the spring, rake your lawn to help rejuvenate it and remove the matted, dead growth that threatens to choke out healthy grass. In the summer, remove grass clippings to keep your lawn looking neat and trim. In the autumn, take up dead leaves that litter the ground.
Rake in the Spring
Identify the dead and matted areas of your lawn in the spring. Wait until the grass leaves the dormancy stage and begins to green slightly. Focus on areas where you see dense, matted grass that is not greening.
Pull a metal thatch rake lightly over the grass to pull away dead grass. Do not apply excessive force as you rake. The goal is to remove only enough of the top layer to allow air to circulate down to the grass roots.
Collect the dead grass you remove and place it into the garbage bag. Continue working until you lightly rake brown areas in your entire yard.
Rake in the Summer
Use the thatch rake to rake up grass clippings immediately after you mow in the summer. If you leave the grass clippings on the top of the lawn, they will quickly turn brown and unsightly.
Make small piles and place the grass clippings into the garbage bag.
Place the grass clippings into a compost pile or use them as mulch in a garden or flowerbed.
Rake in the Autumn
Spread a tarp on the ground near the area where you will rake in the fall.
Rake leaves with a leaf rake after they fall to the ground. Instead of waiting until a tree loses all of its leaves, rake the lawn several times. Leaves left on the lawn provide a breeding ground for turf-damaging fungus and also block sunlight.
Make leaf piles as you rake. When a leaf pile will cover approximately three-quarters of your tarp, transfer the pile to the tarp. Drag the tarp to one central area. If your community picks up unbagged leaves at the curb, pull the tarp to the curb and empty it there. If your community wants you to bag leaves, place the leaves into leaf bags from the tarp.
Rake around plants and shrubs carefully to avoid disturbing fragile plants. Instead of damaging the plants with your rake as you remove the leaves, consider leaving some leaves where they are. They will eventually break down and nourish the soil.