Why have a professional scarification programme

The benefits of a first-class scarification programme.

Maintaining your lawn year-round means using the time before spring effectively.

The one thing that unifies all seasonal lawn care is consistency.

Starting a proper treatment programme will only benefit your lawn’s growth, health, and appearance in the long run.

Start thinking about spring scarification to put some pep back in your step and lawn.

What is Scarification?

Scarification is a mechanical operation designed to remove organic matter from around the base of the grass plant – such organic matter is known as thatch.

Additionally, scarification is the process of tidying up your lawn through the removal of any straggly lateral growth.

Scarification also eliminates moss growth that, if left unchecked, can choke out the desirable grasses and hinder its growth year-round.


To see our scarification process in action, check out this video from one of our lawn care experts: Richard from Rich Lawns and TruGreen Milton Keynes.

Why is Scarification Important?

To recap, scarification is used to remove:

  • Organic Matter
  • Thatch
  • Straggly lateral growth on the grass plant

Regular and quality scarification is vital in preventing the build-up of moss and thatch in your lawn – as they can lead to several issues:

Thatch naturally builds up in your lawn throughout the year, leading to poor grass growth, health, and appearance.

Therefore, keep the thatch layer under control and maintain strong growth through scarification.

Scarification is also vital to preparing your lawn for weather conditions that will impact it throughout the year.

Thatch and moss-infested lawns will not wear well, nor will they be able to cope with drought conditions in warmer months.

Scarifying regularly prepares your lawn for whatever conditions the weather throws its way.

When is the Best Time to Scarify my Lawn?

There are two main times in the year for scarification: late spring and early autumn.

However, scarifying too early in the year won’t allow the grasses to regenerate and fill the space created by scarification with desirable grasses.

It’s important to encourage strong grass growth after scarification.

So, fertiliser application will be necessary.

TruGreen Professional Scarification Services

Get a head start on your 2024 lawn care by finding your nearest TruGreen business and booking your free 14-point lawn analysis today.

Upon arrival, our lawn care operatives will personally assess the conditions of your lawn and draw up a yearly lawn treatment plan to suit you.

The first step in any quality lawn care programme is preparation.

So start now and take your first step towards the lawn of your dreams with TruGreen.