Lawn scarification is a process best described as a mechanical raking of the lawn. Its main purpose is to remove thatch and moss from the lawn, which is caused by dead leaves and debris that has accumulated over time, but there are also other associated benefits to this process.
At Greensleeves, we use a high quality, professional scarifying machine to do the job. This specialised machine contains a series of sharp, tungsten blades which rotate at a high speed to slice into the lawn in a vertical manner. The depth of this can be adjusted to remove as much or as little thatch as required, enabling us to tailor to process to any individual lawn.
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. We’ll use this machine to help revitalise your lawn and get it looking healthy once more. It’s also a fantastic treatment to help combat snow mould ahead of winter.
What can you expect from a scarification treatment?
If your lawn hasn’t undergone a scarifying treatment before or you are new to Greensleeves Lawn Care, then here is what to expect. Your Lawn Care Expert will arrive at the agreed time to carry out the treatment. They will then begin by manoeuvring the scarifying machine across your lawn diagonally in a methodical process. This will then be repeated in the opposite direction until the whole lawn has been completed. As every lawn is treated individually, the length of time taken to complete a scarification treatment will depend upon the size and condition of your lawn, but your Lawn Care Expert will discuss this with you.
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 a video to show you what you can expect from the treatment, as you can see on this page. After the treatment has been completed, you will notice a large amount of debris on your lawn. Do not be alarmed by this as we will remove any debris created, leaving your lawn neat and tidy. If you would like further information on what to expect from a scarification treatment, get in touch with one of our experts!
How Often Does My Lawn Need Scarifying?
Lawn scarifying should be carried out at a time when the grass is growing to allow it to recover from this rigorous process, usually autumn through to spring time. Spring time scarifying is ideal as this is carried out when the grass is actively growing, which allows the lawn time to recover from this thorough and invasive process. It is advisable, although not essential, to carry out scarification before a fertiliser treatment as this will greatly speed the rate of recovery from the process. If a lawn has a large amount of thatch and/or moss it may need several treatments to reduce the level
Why Do I Need Lawn Scarification?
A lawn that has developed a substantial amount of thatch or moss needs to be scarified to remove as much of this material as possible, allowing the grass space to grow. Thatch is a naturally occurring layer within your lawn, consisting of dead leaves and debris that lies between the base of the grass stems and soil below. It’s proven that a small amount of thatch is deemed healthy for the lawn, however, without frequent maintenance, the layer can easily become too thick, and may jeopardise the health of the lawn. An excessive thatch layer (typically more than 12 – 20mm) can restrict the movement of air, water, fertiliser and other materials to the roots of the grass, all of which are necessary for healthy turf growth.
Greensleeves advise that most lawns should be scarified at least once a year. After your lawn has been scarified, we highly recommend a treatment of our overseeding application. This excellent treatment will repair any damaged areas of your lawn, helping the grass grow thick and luscious. For the best overseeding results, the soil needs to be well ventilated in order to encourage good seed germination, which is exactly what a scarification treatment will achieve. As well as improving damaged patches in your lawn, overseeding will also boost the grass quality, helping it to fight against lawn diseases and moss infestations.
If you are unsure whether your lawn is suffering from excessive thatch, your Lawn Care Expert can take a core sample from your lawn and show you the level of thatch that is present. If your Lawn Care Expert decides the thatch levels are too high, then a bespoke course of action will be discussed with you
What our experts say…
At Greensleeves, we are passionate about scarification, as our own Lawn Care Expert, Oliver Wood, owner of Greensleeves Huddersfield explains.
‘Scarifying is so important for any lawn to encourage new growth in the spring time. It thins out unwanted organic matter (thatch), and of course helps to control the ever-growing issue of moss and slices through Stolons and Rhizomes to produce new plants and a more dense sward as a result. I have worked in the industry for almost 12 years and I feel that moss in domestic lawns has become more of an issue during this time, possibly due to our ever-changing climate and cleaner air. I can honestly say that of all the 6,700 lawns we currently care for, the ones that have annual maintenance of scarification, by far perform better than the ones without the treatment.’
Do you think your lawn needs scarification?
If you have noticed a build up of moss or thatch on your lawn, or you want to find more information about our lawn care services, call Greensleeves Lawn Care today on 0808 100 1413.