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Using a Lawn rake before overseeding

I have a Lawn Rake (which I mis understood to be a scarifier) and am looking for some tips for using it next year.

I need to overseed - so I assume the first thing is cut low, and then rake.

DO I start on a high setting - say 0mm, and then do final passes on the low setting which is 5 m blow ground level - 

DO I keep going until I have stopped getting grass in the box?


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    There are several YouTube videos that show how to use one. I find seeing is better than reading an explanation. 
    Now or spring is a good time to use but I suppose it depends on how match thatch your grass has.
    Putting on a photo can help with giving advice.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,118
    edited September 2020
    I normally just go over mine once or twice, on the middle height setting (in fact I've just done it today).  I cut the grass a few days before so it didn't need cutting before raking, but I cut it on a medium-high setting after raking because the rake pulls up a lot of the rooty stolons and it looks better after they've been cut off.
    The only time I use the low setting is when we've had a really hot dry summer and the grass has been completely yellow/brown, then there's more dead stuff to get out and it will need overseeding so I want the soil surface scuffed up. The high setting is good for a lighter raking in spring but I rarely find the time to do it.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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