What is scarification?
Scarification is the process of pulling dead moss and thatch out of your garden lawn. This used to be done using a wire rake, but thanks to modern technology, we now use powered machines that get the job done more efficiently and more thoroughly. In the short term, scarifying your grass will actually make your lawn look worse, but once it recovers it should be far healthier than before.
Lawn scarification should be strategically scheduled to ensure that it is followed by favourable weather conditions that assist with the lawn’s recovery. Moss control should be carried out 2-3 weeks in advance, as lawn scarification could end up spreading moss spores across the lawn and making things worse than before.
It’s a good idea to scarify your lawn every 2-3 years at minimum (depending on soil and weather conditions), but the specialists from Lawn & Weed Expert will advise you on the best course of action for your particular garden.
Will lawn aeration help prevent waterlogging?
Compaction caused by heavy footfall and/or rainfall can create slow-draining areas that hold water and form muddy puddles. Look for a sticky covering of paste-like soil on the surface of your lawn – if you see this, you may have a waterlogging problem. Waterlogging relief can be achieved by aerating the soil to a depth of 4 inches, then filling the holes with sandy top dressing to act as miniature ventilation shafts. This will improve the flow of air and water to the grass’s roots and prevent water damage. Learn more about preventing lawn waterlogging here.
When should I have my lawn aerated?
Lawn aeration services should be carried out in the autumn with a potassium-rich feed used to assist root development. After an autumn grass aeration service your lawn may look worse for a little while, but this won’t be the case forever. After a short period of recovery, your lawn should grow back looking stronger, healthier and more vibrant than ever! Sounds good, right?
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Soil – in particular heavy, clay-based soil – has a tendency to become compacted over time. The soil particles get pushed closer together by heavy rainfall and/or footfall on the surface making it difficult for moisture and essential gases to flow freely and reach the roots of your grass. This can lead to under-developed roots, weak grass, and poor disease / drought tolerance.
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After you’ve aerated your lawn, there are a few things that you need to do. First, leave the soil plugs on the lawn to decompose and filter back into the holes left by the aeration machine. Second, apply fertiliser immediately after aerating your lawn to put nutrients into the grass roots. Finally, reseed your law – especially in areas where the grass is thin.
You should always mow your lawn BEFORE aerating it, then avoid mowing it for at least a week afterwards. It is also best practice to water your lawn before aerating it as aeration is more effective when the soil is slightly moist.
The common advice for lawn aeration is to do it once every 1 to 3 years. This, however, depends on what type of soil you have in your lawn. Loose soil doesn’t need to be aerated very often, whereas heavy clay soil that easily traps water needs to be aerated more often. If you’re not sure what type of soil you have, see Types of Soil: What’s in Your Garden?