Scarifying is a process perhaps best described as a mechanical raking of the lawn; its primary purpose is to remove thatch from the lawn, although it has associated benefits as well. The machine used by your Greensleeves lawn expert has a series of sharp tungsten blades that rotate at high speed and cut into the turf in a vertical manor. The depth can be adjusted to remove as much or as little thatch as required. This machine and process should not be confused with the typical machine available on the domestic market, which is more of a lawn rake. You will get a much more effective treatment with our intensive machine than you would using a DIY machine. Our scarification process will thin out and remove the excess thatch and moss invasion that has built up within a lawn.
What to expect
Your lawn treatment expert will arrive on a pre-arranged date to carry out your scarification treatment. The length of time that your scarification treatment will take is very much dependent upon the size of the area to be treated and the condition of the lawn. Scarifying a lawn creates a large amount of debris but do not be alarmed this will all be cleared and removed by your lawn expert leaving you with a tidy lawn. To explain the process fully we have created the video to the right to show you what you can expect from a scarification treatment.
What is thatch?
Thatch is a naturally occurring layer within your lawn comprising of dead and live grass, leaves, root stems and moss which is present between the base of the grass stems and the soil bed below. A small amount of thatch in a lawn is considered healthy as it aids its resilience however it is easy for this layer to become too thick and affect the health of the lawn. Your lawn treatment expert will take a core sample from your lawn and will be able to show you the layer of thatch present within the lawn. If it is deemed to be too thick he will discuss a course of action with you.
Why does my lawn need scarifying?
A lawn that has developed a large amount of thatch or moss needs to be scarified to remove as much of this material as possible, allowing the grass space to grow. An excessive thatch layer (typically more than 12 - 20mm,) can restrict the movement of air, water, fertilizer and other materials to the roots of the grass, all of which are necessary for healthy turf growth. Scarifying should be carried out at a time when the grass is growing actively to allow it to recover from this rigorous process, usually autumn through to spring time. It is advisable; although not essential to carry out scarifying before a fertiliser treatment as this will greatly speed the rate of recovery from the process.
How often does my lawn need scarifying?
All lawns are different in their characteristics and it is therefore very difficult to predict how often to scarify a lawn. There are a number of factors that will affect the frequency required. If a lawn contains large amounts of thatch and/or moss it may need a number of treatments to reduce the level to be manageable. Different grass types tend to produce more thatch than others and therefore need scarifying more frequently. As a general rule Greensleeves advise that a lawn should preferably be scarified every year, but for specific advice please discuss with your lawn manager who will be able to look at your individual circumstances.
We remove all debris from your lawn created as a result of scarifying!
Scarification Diagram - Click to enlarge
Annual Essential Treatments
Our annual essential lawn care treatments are designed to tackle specific issues your lawn may face.
An intense raking of the lawn to remove excess thatch and improve condition.
The application of grass seed to a lawn to fill in and repair bare areas resulting from damage.
What Our Customers Say About Us
I have been using Greensleeves Lawncare for 2 years now. My lawn was in a very poor state it was covered on moss, weeds and had bare patches. Now its transformed and I have a beautiful green lush healthy lawn that you would not believe was the same lawn. I'm a very satisfied customer and would recommend Greensleeves to everyone.
The work of Greensleeves is remarkable in that the results are immediately visable, with a far lusher and greener lawn area. Brian has treated our lawns and they now look like bowling greens, the treatment and care he provided exceeds any other providers of lawn care I have used.