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Weeds, moss and diseases are a continuous threat in our largely cool,
What is Lawn Scarification?
Lawn scarification is the process whereby we mechanically remove matter such as thatch (dead grasses) and moss from a lawn using a machine fitted with a series of blades which cut vertically into the soil. Scarification (rather than raking or verticutting) is where blades are set deep enough to touch the soil, thereby removing maximum thatch and leaving behind grooves in the soil surface. These grooves are key to our results during lawn renovations as they make for a excellent home for new grass seed.
How do we carry out Lawn Scarification?
Our lawn survey considers a range of chemical, physical and biological factors.
We advise our customers individually when we survey their lawn.
We carry out lawn scarifications firstly by advising our customer to mow the lawn area prior to our arrival. Scarifying short grass means our machinery will get straight into the thatch layer, and lush healthy grasses are not getting caught in our machine. Furthermore, it means that the lawn will not need be cut shortly following the work when we have seeded the lawn.
We set our professional scarification machine to an appropriate depth for the thatch layer in line with our objectives. Dependent on the volume of debris, we may clean this up after every pass with the machine via the use of backpack blowers and rakes, and commonly carry out 2-4 passes at varying depths until we are happy we have reached the soil surface.
If soil conditions allow, we often mow the lawn as a final clear up to be thorough in hoovering out remaining debris - ideal prior to Overseeding.
If part of our Lawn Repair and Renovation, with the lawn tidy and waste bagged up, this makes for the ideal time to carry out Lawn Aeration followed by Overseeding and finally, dragmatting / brushing this seed into the grooves and holes already created with our machinery for nothing but the best possible results.
Why do we need to scarify lawns?
All lawns require scarifying from time to time. Grass like any other plant produces dead matter in the form of leaves, roots and stems. When this organic matter build up is quicker than what it can naturally decompose, thatch is produced.
A small thatch layer is beneficial to a lawn, but when this layer surpasses around 10-12mm (half an inch) it starts to become detrimental to the health of the lawn and a scarification should be planned to reduce this.
Thatch build up can be limited through using a carefully calculated fertiliser programme on lawns without excessive nitrogen and occasional raking of the lawn. Lawn Aeration helps in breaking down thatch naturally through providing air to the thatch layer.
How often is scarification required?
Dependent on how aggressive the lawn in to be scarified (DIY or professional renovation work), the grass types present and the standard of lawn desired, this could by anything from scarifying twice per year, or every few years. We typically advise that our Lawn Repair and Renovation Combo should be carried out on lawns in our care every 1-4 years.
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