The mechanical removal of excessive organic matter and moss from around the stem of the grass. This helps to maintain a healthy growing environment and give renewed grass thickening during the warmer months
Why is scarifying needed?
Scarifying will control levels of thatch in your lawn making it harder for moss to take hold and giving improved grass growth. Thatch is a natural accumulation of dead grass plants, grass clippings, stems, shoots and weeds. When this material builds up quicker than it breaks down the levels of thatch increase. Whilst some thatch is required to protect your grass roots, excess levels will result in moss taking hold and also leave your lawn susceptible to disease. As a general rule it is best to keep thatch levels below half an inch, however, every lawn is different. If you are unsure about levels of thatch in your lawn arrange your free lawn health check today.
When is best to scarify?
Scarifying is best carried out during the Spring or Autumn months. To prevent an excessive amount of thatch build up it is best to scarify annually. The majority of Lawnresponse customers will build scarifying into their annual lawn care treatment plan and have an aeration carried out at the same time.
What happens after scarifying?
After scarifying your lawn it will really benefit from a good feed. This will help provide thick, healthy grass growth and a better overall recovery. This is the reason why it is a good idea to carry out your scarifying along with a Spring or Autumn feed. Some lawns may also benefit from over-seeding and turf dressing once scarifying has been completed. Your Lawnresponse technician will be able to advise you on this.