I know what you’re thinking, I already raked the lawn in the Fall. I don’t have any leaves laying around. I don’t like manual labor. Although these are all very valid reasons, you should still rake your lawn again. The work you put into your yard now will pay for itself the remainder of the year. Raking your yard now will remove thatch (dead and clumped grass). This important step will allow new grass to grow in it’s place. Without this weeds will soon take over the space grass used to occupy. A little physical labor never hurts. Or, you can get a little creative. Give the kids a couple of rakes and a ball and have then play a little grass hockey. Either option will get your yard growing in the right direction!