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How to Scarify Your Lawn

Scarifying your lawn for thatch or moss can be extremely beneficial for your lawn in the long term. Even though your lawn may look a little messy in the time immediately after the process, it will recover and be better than ever. Take a look at our tips for some guidance on scarifying your lawn when the time is right.

Is Your Lawn Healthy Enough to Avoid Scarifying?

Normally, if your lawn is in good health it’ll have a combination of healthy green plants, not much in the way of other organic matter, such as thatch or moss, which means you can probably leave your lawn well alone. If it has quite a bit of organic matter and the lawn is covered in it, with the surface of your lawn feeling spongy to the touch and feel, then it probably needs scarifying.

Treat Your Lawn First

Before you start scarifying, you’ll need to treat your lawn first. This is will involve using some sort of moss control treatment. It’ll take around a fortnight to work, so don’t start scarifying until that’s starting to take effect. You can use a scarifying machine or the use of a simple rake will suffice.

What Exactly is Scarifying?

If at this point you’re still not sure exactly what scarifying is, then this is a method by which you are scraping or pulling at the moss or thatch so you can pick it up and remove it. As we’ve already mentioned, you can use a simple rake or a scarifying machine bought or rented from a DIY centre.

Tidy Up the Debris on Your Artificial Grass Lawn

Using either the machine or the rake, go up and down the lawn and then pick up the debris once you’ve completed a full pass of the entire lawn. If it has quite a thick layer then you may have to complete the process again, continue until you’re happy with the results. You can also use a rotary mower to remove any remaining debris once you’ve got rid of the majority of it, just clear it completely.

When is Best?

Scarifying, de-thatching and moss removal can be done during spring or autumn. Spring scarifying usually occurs just as the weather starts to warm up, increasing the growth and recovery rate but before it gets too hot and dry. Autumn scarification should be around the time the rain arrives but before temperatures drop too low.

Your Lawn Will Be Healthier Afterwards

You may be standing back from it once you’ve completed one or two passes of the lawn, and thinking about how messy it looks, perhaps even worse than before. However, don’t worry, it will have done the lawn a lot of good, and your lawn will be a lot healthier, and look better, in the long run.

The Turf Shop – Lawn Turf and Scarifying, We Can Advise

If you’re still unsure about scarifying and would like some further advice, then please get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to help.

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