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Scarification is an essential part of any lawn maintenance programme. Without it, your lawn will be highly susceptible to disease and moss build-up.

What is scarification?

Scarification is the process of using professional machinery  to remove thatch and dead moss from your lawn. The strong blades of the machine cut vertically in to the turf to loosen and remove the build-up of organic matter and grass debris which accumulates over time - it is generally recommended that lawns be scarified every 2-3 years.

Why is scarification important?

If dead moss and grass stalks are left undisturbed on your lawn they will turn into thatch (a build-up of dead organic matter that lies on the soil surface). Thatch prevents the flow of moisture to the grass roots, and can thus end up weakening and even killing the grass in your garden. During wetter periods – i.e. autumn and winter – it can also create damp, humid conditions that encourage moss growth and promote grass diseases and fungus.
Vigorous lawn scarification will remove thatch from your lawn and allow the grass underneath to grow normally again.

Important note: The scarifying process will leave your lawn looking worse before it recovers and it is important to carry out this procedure at the correct time of year i.e. Spring and Early Autumn when the grass is actively growing. 

It can be beneficial at this time to also apply a lawn top dressing (a sand and compost blend) and overseed with a good quality grass seed mix.

Benefits of Scarification:

  • Removes build-up of thatch and moss

  • Improves airflow and helps moisture and nutrients reach the grass roots

  • Increases grass health and tolerance to disease and drought

  • Provides ideal seedbed for overseeding


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