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One of the first things you should plan in the spring is rake your lawn. Raking is one of the most beneficial factors in having a healthy lawn. Raking removes any matter that may be embedded in the grass that will prohibit new growth (like acorns, pine cones, pine needles, sticks and branches). It also removes thatch (a mat of undecomposed material). Although having a thin layer of thatch is always a good thing, a thick layer will suffocate your grass. It will also make it more difficult for water and nutrients to make it deep into the roots, where it is vital to have a strong and healthy lawn. Having raked your lawn, you now have “opened” up the barrier at the base of the grass to let the sunshine and nutrients work their magic.