When to Rake the Lawn

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated November 16, 2022)

Typically, most people think that the only time that they need to rake their lawn is when the leaves begin to fall and cover it. However, there are several times throughout the year when we need to rake our lawns. These can range from when there is a huge storm, to seeing thatched or clumped grass, and the ever popular fall season. As you can see when to rake the lawn isn't that difficult of a question to answer. The real trick is how do to it. These guidelines will help you determine not only when to rake the lawn, but also

  • Choose the time. Choosing the right time to rake the lawn can often be a little confusing. In all honesty there are usually two times when it is the best, and those are either the early morning or the evening. The reason for this is that you will be able to work without having to deal with the heat of the day. Now, if you have to choose only one time, the best time to do the work is in the morning. That way you can get a majority of the work done, without loosing the light or even having to deal with excessive heat.
  • Get the proper tools. There are two types of rakes that you can choose to use, and they depend on the job that you are doing. If you need to rake leaves, then you need to use a wide lipped leaf rake; for dethatching or other types of gardening work you can use a regular garden rake. The big difference between these two types of garden tools is that a leaf rake has more tines which are flexible and won't tear up the ground, while a garden rake has a smaller number of tines which are designed to dig more into the soil.
  • Get some help. If you are going to be raking leaves, and have a large yard, then you need to make sure that you have some help. If you don't you can be guaranteed to be working on your yard a lot longer than you would like.
  • Start at one corner. Start working in one corner of your yard, and work methodically across it. As you go, make piles of leaves. This will help reduce the overall amount of work that you need to do, while helping you to also make piles which are more manageable than a single large one would be.
  • Bag it, or mulch it. After you have finished raking your yard, you have one of two options. You can either bag the leaves or other material, or you can mulch them. Ideally, if you are raking up things like thatched grass, you will want to bag it up and dispose of it properly. However, if you are raking leaves, and interested in creating your own compost, then you really should save it for material.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Quick Aluminum Siding Cleaning Strategies

Due to its durability, aluminum is a pretty popular choice for the siding used on houses. Even the most durable of ...

Discover More

Planning Garage Shelving

If you are in the need of some storage, then one of the more common areas to add that storage is in the garage. The best ...

Discover More

Figuring Out the True Cost of Car Ownership

On the average, when most people begin thinking of purchasing a new car they only really focus on the sticker price. A ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Properly Planting Grass Seed

Surprisingly, one of the more difficult tasks in gardening and landscaping is to learn the right way of planting grass ...

Discover More

Getting Rid of Mushroom Rings

Lawns that are rich in nutrients will attract mushrooms. These unsightly plants will do no harm to your lawn, but are ...

Discover More

Repairing Thatchy Lawn

Other than watering issues, a thatch filled lawn is perhaps one of the more common problems a home gardener can find ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five less than 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)