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To Dethatch or to Power Rake - That is the Question

An integral part of the spring cleanup service is a dethatching. The intention of dethatching is to remove the excess thatch, because a certain amount of thatch is beneficial for the turf health; but de-thatching, in essence, removes the excess thatch. You may have heard/red information surrounding "power raking" versus using dethatching tines. 

Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) uses dethatching tines, because it's gentler on the turf, it does the job, and it doesn't pull out most of the thatch or as many of the beneficial grass plants that power raking does. And, further, power raking exposes a significant amount of soil, because it takes so much out of the lawn you're susceptible to weeds throughout the entire season. And that's certainly not a way that you want to start out your spring.

If you find yourself having to power rake - possibly because of an excessive amount of thatch or your lawn is spongy - that's one of the telltale signs. If you step on it and it just feels like a sponge. If you have to power rake to take care of that - do it in the fall. Then you're not fighting with the weeds; because then the temperatures are cool enough where the weed seeds aren't germinating to the degree that they are in the spring or throughout the summer. Contact the experts at Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) (320) 251-5296 for more information. 

 

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Spring Clean Up in Central MN!

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Spring cleanup is not too far out - start thinking about it! Emerald Companies is a full service lawn maintenance company that offers your lawn everything it needs to look and feel beautiful (while being healthy) all summer long. 


Do you have a backpack blower? A mower with dethatching tines? We know there are a lot of great DIYers out there in our area that do a fantastic job with their lawn maintenance. Sometimes, when it comes to spring clean up - you just don’t have the professional equipment to get the job done right. If you are more than happy to mow your own lawn on a weekly basis, but you don't do their own spring cleanup because it's just a lot of work and/or you don't have the right equipment, give us a call.

What does spring clean up consist of when working with Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN)? It's blowing leaves out from underneath shrubs, out of rocks, out from underneath the decks, away from homes. It's vacuuming the lawn. It's vacuuming up the leaf debris on the lawn. It's detaching (if needed); and it's cutting the lawn for the first time. Leaving everything is set to go for when the grass starts growing, and then Emerald Companies or yourself take over mowing on a weekly basis. 

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