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 scarification lawn 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 a minimum (depending on soil and weather conditions), but the specialists from Premier Lawn and Weed Expert will advise you on the best course of action for your particular garden.

Professional Scarification Service

Scarification is an essential part of any lawn maintenance programme. Without it, your lawn will be highly susceptible to diseases caused by natural bacteria in the soil.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we have more than 20 years’ experience helping customers scarify lawn across South Wales to keep their lawns in tip-top condition. We use state-of-the-art garden scarifying equipment to ensure that your grass stays healthy all year round.

Our professional scarification lawn service is efficient, affordable, and highly effective. Contact us today for a FREE lawn survey.

Our Scarification Lawn Service:

This lawn will soon be revitalised thanks to our professional scarification service. We scarified it, seeded it and top dressed it. All that’s required now is regular watering and this lawn will be luscious and green in no time!

Our professional scarification lawn service is available in the following areas:

Don’t worry if your location isn’t listed above – our lawn scarification specialists can travel to most parts of South Wales. Email [email protected] to request a quotation.

Why is scarification important?

If dead moss and grass stalks are left undisturbed on your lawn they will turn into thatch (a build-up of dead organic matter that lies on the soil surface). Thatch prevents the flow of moisture to the grass roots, and can thus end up weakening and even killing the grass in your garden. During wetter periods – i.e., autumn and winter – it can also create damp, humid conditions that encourage moss growth and promote grass diseases and fungus.

Vigorous lawn scarification will remove thatch from your lawn and allow the grass underneath to grow normally again. If your lawn feels thick and spongy, scarifying your garden may be necessary to remove the layer of thatch.

Find our more about lawn scarification

If you’re still not 100% confident that our lawn scarification services are right for you, or if you’re unsure whether it’s the right time of year to make an enquiry, you might find the following information helpful.

Take a look at our insightful blog about when to scarify lawn this will tell you the best time to scarify lawn or find out what previous customers thought of our scarification lawn services by reading a case study.

Our professional lawn scarification service is available in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, as well as most other locations across South Wales. Call Lawn & Weed Expert on 0800 111 4958 to arrange a FREE lawn survey.

Scarification FAQs

The best time to scarify your lawn is during the spring or autumn. Remember scarifying grass, scarify garden, and scarifying lawn is very important and you mustn’t start scarifying too early in the spring, as the grass needs to be growing back nicely before you start. 

For a well-managed lawn, the cutting depth is around 3mm; for an unmanaged lawn, it is around 5mm. It is better to scarify your lawn every three weeks or so at around 3mm deep.

Lawn raking or scarifier rake whether you choose to use a raking machine or spring-tine rake, is the process of removing moss from the lawn. Scarification, however, helps to eliminate the cause of moss – surface thatch – using heavy duty flails (knives).