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Lawns: Raking and Brushing
A rake should be used in spring to remove leaves and twigs/branches etc. from the winter season. This breaks up thatch and lifts weed stems and leaves for when the lawn is cut. Less essentially, used in late spring and summer to lift grass clippings. It is not essential here if the lawn is reasonably free from debris. Do not rake too vigorously. Brushing at this point could be a less invasive option. Raking is autumn is basically an alternative to brushing or scarifying in order to remove leaves and break up thatch. If there are large areas of thatch then scarifying is a better option at this point.