Why scarify a lawn?

Scarification is a very important task to improve the quality of your lawn and increase the effectiveness of other lawn maintenance procedures.

The scarification process removes organic matter, such as thatch or moss, from around the base of the grass plants and tidies up any straggly lateral growth, that will otherwise prevent good dense grass growth. If you do not scarify, debris will build up and lead to other problems such as thatch and moss, as well as making the all important light, air and water more difficult to reach the whole plant. Lawns will become less wear and drought tolerant.

When to scarify your lawn

Ideally scarification should be carried out in spring but it is also effective if completed in autumn however scarifying during the summer months is also possible but will require a greater water input over spring and autumn treatments. Continue to mow on a regular basis both before and after scarification.

Moss and thatch removed from a lawn.

We recommend you have your lawn fertilised at the same time as scarification to aid recovery.

Small rear lawn with the scarification debris still on the surface.

If the lawn is in a very poor state then overseeding may also be required.

Lawn in Chelmsford mid scarify.
Lawn scarification in action.
Small lawn in Chafford Hundred post scarify.
The same lawn a few weeks later.