What is Scarification?

Scarification is a mechanical operation which removes all unwanted organic matter (thatch) and will remove any straggly lateral growth from the lawn.

The process will also remove moss that will otherwise choke out the grass plant and restrict growth.

What does scarification remove from a lawn;

  • Organic matter/ Thatch
  • Moss
  • Straggly lateral growth from the grass plant

Why do you need to have scarification?

You need to carry out scarification to prevent the build-up of debris in the lawn which will lead to problems, like starvation of the grassroots.

Thatch will naturally build over a period of time, resulting in an inferior grass quality and appearance.

It will also aid fresh grass growth, therefore increasing your lawn’s grass density.

Thatch and moss infested lawns will not wear well, or cope with drought conditions, two other major reasons for having regular scarification.

Why do we need to carry it out?

  • Prevents the build-up of the debris.
  • Removes thatch.
  • Improve drainage.
  • Improves drought resistance.

When should you start scarification?

There are two major points that need to be considered when deciding when is the best time to scarify.

Firstly, do not scarify too early in the spring as it’s important that the grass is growing fairly well beforehand, to allow for the space to be filled by desirable grasses.

It’s also important to encourage grass growth after scarification, so we advise that a fertiliser application will be necessary, immediately afterwards.

Our lawn care experts will always give you tips and advice to help with maintaining your lawn all year round, during and after treatments have been completed.

For all lawn care enquiries find your local TruGreen lawn care expert here and give them a call today.