The benefits of scarifying
So what exactly is scarifying and why is it a good thing for your grass?
A lawn scarifier, sometimes referred to as a ‘dethatcher’, is a garden tool that is designed to cut through the soil, helping to remove dead moss and other debris like grass cuttings.
The cutting action of the tool, powered by petrol, electricity or a manual push, also helps to aerate the soil, making it healthier, (almost) weed free and longer lasting.
Scarifying is beneficial for your lawn as it removes excess material and allows your grass the room to breathe. It also helps to minimise the appearance of moss and diseases. As moss uses spores to breed, removing thatch is the best way to remove these spores and discourage further growth.
The ideal time to scarify your lawn can vary depending on your location and the weather, but as a guide the best time is when the turf growth is at its most prolific. This growing season is normally in the autumn or late spring. As far as frequency goes, once a year is normally sufficient, or more often if your lawn is in bad condition with a lot of moss growth.
Ideally after you have scarified it is best to feed your grass to give it a boost.
We offer a full scarifying service at Fishers Farm Lawncare so get in touch and I will be happy to provide advice on how you can improve the health and colour of your lawn.