Introduction to lawn scarification
With May’s finer weather, now is the perfect time to scarify (de-moss) your lawn. Removing the mossy thatch of the previous season should be done in spring, ideally just as the weather is getting clearer and warmer. Your lawn’s growth and recovery rate is heightened towards the end of April/beginning of May. If you miss your chance in April/early May another good opportunity for light scarifying would be early autumn – late August, or early September (depending on rainfall).
Why scarify your lawn?
Scarifying your lawn each year helps remove debris, thatch and moss, tidies up any straggly lateral growth and helps avoid grass suffocation.
What if my lawn is in shade?
A lawn that is under constant shade will have thinned during the winter season. As the daylight hours increase and the weather improves; these usually thicken up in spring and continue strong all summer. Beware of Scarifying these shady areas in the Autumn though, as this may lead to weakening and damaging your lawn. In cases where the shade is caused by the crown of a tree, raking the area in Spring (late March to the end of April).
How to scarify your lawn
Set the machine to the highest setting.
Use the machine the same way you would a lawnmower.
Work in sections across the whole area until the entire surface has been scarified.
If you’ve removed very little during your first pass, lower the machine setting.
During this pass move at a 45-degree angle from the first pass.
This will enable deeper moss and thatch to be loosened during this pass.