Lawn Care Tips
In the early spring, a deep raking will help remove some thatch buildup and actually do a light aeration. You will need to use a sturdy rake (thatch rake) to accomplish this. Aeration is very beneficial to a lawn to help the roots grow stronger and get more oxygen.
The best time to do a really good aeration is in the fall after a rain or good watering so the soil is damp and easy to penetrate (not soaking wet). Do not wait too late in the fall, past the time the lawn stops growing. You want the lawn to be able to recover from the aeration and send its roots deep into the plug holes to prepare for winter. After aerating is a good time to do your fall fertilization.