What is Lawn Scarification?
Lawn Scarification (also known as Grass Scarification or Garden Scarification) is the mechanical reduction of surface thatch from a lawn. Thatch is organic matter that naturally forms on a lawn however, when it gets too thick it suffocates the roots of your lawn, inhibiting grass growth which weakens the lawn and encourages weeds, moss, and lawn diseases.
Our process involves taking core samples from your lawn and assessing the depth of thatch layers below and above the soil line; excess thatch above the soil line indicates a need to scarify a lawn.
When carrying out Lawn Scarification we use a professional lawn scarifying machine which slices the thatch and moss, extracting it from your lawn allowing space for necessary elements such as water, air, and fertilisers to reach the grass roots creating a healthier lawn.
Scarifying a lawn doesn’t remove all the surface thatch in one go. Doing this would significantly reduce the amount of grass left on a lawn and this would be harmful. There is an art to a scarified lawn and we recognise that all lawns are different, and this is reflected in our Lawn Scarification process.
Benefits of Lawn Scarification
- Reduces surface thatch from your lawn
- Reduces moss build-up
- Allows essential elements such as water, fertilisers and air to reach the grass roots
- Creates a healthy lawn, reducing the risks of lawn diseases
- Improves the overall health of your lawn and aids grass growth
The best time to scarify a lawn
GreenThumb scarify lawns during the out-of-season growing period, which is usually Spring and Autumn. Since lawns can look very untidy after Scarification, we avoid doing it when you want your lawn looking its best, even if it has surface thatch issues.