What is Scarification of a lawn?

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What is Scarification of a lawn?

What is Scarification of a lawn? 

Scarification of a lawn is an essential lawn treatment to keep your lawn healthy and free of thatch build-up. It removes unwanted organic matter like dead grass, moss, which if left to build-up, will inhibit growth by stopping fertiliser, water and air from penetrating the soil and reaching the grass roots. 

After a thorough and FREE Lawn Analysis we will give you our recommendations, and a highly recommended treatment is Scarification! So, here’s a few of your questions answered…

What happens during Scarification? 

We use a mechanical petrol Scarifier with large tines (rake-like spikes) that cut into the surface of the soil, raking/removing the thatch and organic material whilst creating lesions in the soil, which help with the absorption of water and essential nutrients. 

Scarifier Blades for a lawn

 

What will my lawn look like after Scarification? 

Scarification of a lawn is one of those treatments that take time to prove their worth. Like stripping away old wallpaper, things tend to look worse before they look better. How it looks after does depend on how much thatch is there to start with and also whether you’re having a Maintenance or Heavy Scarification. If your lawn is in a bad condition be prepared for your lawn to look a little bald and muddy by the end, but don’t worry this is supposed to happen. If your lawn is in a good condition then a scarification is going to do less damage and the lawn will recover quicker.

How long will it take to recover after Scarification? 

For a lawn in a good condition I would expect it to take approximately 2 – 4 weeks to recover fully but after this treatment it will be stronger and healthier than before. 

How Often should my lawn be scarified

We recommend carrying out scarification of a lawn every year or every other year.  The more regularly the better as with mowing, a little and often is the key. If there is less thatch, then less damage is created during the treatment which means less stress is caused so the grass can recover quicker.

What’s included when we scarify a lawn

For a Maintenance Scarification we will carry out two passes in two different directions. For a Heavy Scarification, to remove dense thatch build-up, we will go over an area up to four times in four different directions. Between each pass (when required) we will clear the clippings so the scarifier has good access to the lawns surface. 

The aim is to ensure that the scarifier goes as deep into the surface of the thatch or soil as possible.

Pair your Scarification with Overseeding for best results

We recommend Overseeding and then ideally applying a Compost Top Dressing after a Scarification. Not only will Overseeding help to continue the life cycle of your lawn, it will help to fill in any patchy areas that have died away naturally. (Regular mowing prevents the grass from going to seed and like every plant, your grass has a natural life cycle. So regular Overseeding helps to replace old grass so your lawn can flourish.) 

TOP TIP: Regularly overseed your lawn as this helps to maintain a full and thick sward of grass.

How to spot thatch in my lawn?

The best way to examine your lawn for thatch is to take a soil core sample. This will allow you to see a cross section of your lawn and therefore enable you to see the depth and density of the thatch. In severe cases, when walking on the lawn the thatch will feel spongy under foot, this is not uncommon on untreated lawns. 

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Other treatments that help tackle thatch?

Spiking Aeration or Hollow-Tine Aeration,  which removes 5 cm plugs of earth, helps in the prevention of thatch build up by allowing essential air exchange which is great for a healthy soil ecosystem, and aids the natural breaking down of the organic matter.

As always, we also recommend keeping your lawn clear from debris and clearing all grass clippings after mowing to prevent disease and thatch build-up. 

Eliet Scarifier for a lawn 401

Other treatments that help tackle thatch?

Spiking Aeration or Hollow-Tine Aeration,  which removes 5 cm plugs of earth, helps in the prevention of thatch build up by allowing essential air exchange which is great for a healthy soil ecosystem, and aids the natural breaking down of the organic matter.

As always, we also recommend keeping your lawn clear from debris and clearing all grass clippings after mowing to prevent disease and thatch build-up. 

So, if you think you need a Scarification or would like to find out more about our services, book a FREE no obligation Lawn Analysis today and we’ll be in touch shortly. 

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