Mow and Grow Lawn Care

Have you ever looked at your garden and noticed it is lacking its once fresh and green colour? Or even worse, you look over your fence and notice the difference between yours and your neighbours. There are many ways to manage your outdoor space including scarification. Yet, how can you know when to scarify lawns? Follow this helpful guide for all the information on this very accommodating process.


What is Lawn Scarification?

Scarification is the process of removing natural organic matter from the grass which will maintain a healthy growing environment. Dead materials such as thatch or moss, if not eliminated, could prevent water and fertilizers from the roots. So it is important to make sure this element is regularly serviced to get rid of any dull or lifeless blades. There are many benefits to scarifying your lawn. 


Naturally, thatch will occur over time as grass leaves die and become brown. It takes time for the material to decay, so consequently, thatch usually sits in a spongy layer under the newly growing grass. But, scarification will remove harmful levels of thatch and allow you to have a more refreshed and greener lawn. And not just thatch, it will abolish any moss or dead weeds that also may have built up underneath the surface.


When To Scarify Lawns

Typically, lawn scarification can either be done in spring or autumn, avoiding the major weather changes that usually occur in summer and winter. It’s important to have natural elements such as warmth, sun and rain to help with the process; whilst avoiding cold, heat or strong winds. Make sure that scarification is one of your first steps of lawn care; primarily before any treatments such as fertilisers or top dressing. Lawn scarification only needs to occur once a year to properly maintain the garden space. For more information on our treatment services, click here.


In spring, lawn scarification should be light as the summer months can be damaging through hotter and drier weather. Make sure your grass is growing strongly for maximum optimisation for scarification, as this could further harm your lawn. Your lawn should be moderately moist, so waiting until after a little bit of rain is the perfect time to get the ol’ gardening tools out. However, depending on your schedule, you can also scarify through autumn. Just in time for winter.


What Should You Do

Timing is everything when it comes to lawn scarification. You need to make sure your garden is in good condition so the process successfully works and does not further damage your grass. A couple of weeks prior, you should treat the space you intend to scarify with moss killer, so that it decreases the amount of dead organic matter. Then, it’s time to get the mower out. Set it at low and work your way through the grass. All in one direction before working at right angles. This will weaken any thatch patches and remove excess grass, making it easier to manage.


For spring, three or four lawn scarification attempts are probably necessary as the grass will be in a weaker state from winter. However, in autumn, two passes should be enough. It is important to properly maintain your garden space so it doesn’t become overrun like a jungle. But who has the time? It might be worth considering hiring a professional lawn care company to manage all your trimmings. Put your faith in our green hands.


Our Services

Here at Mow & Grow, we provide a range of lawn care services, including maintenance, treatment and landscaping. Our lawn care specialists will work closely with you in order to find out what exactly you want for your outdoor space. Whether this is adding man-made terrains such as decking and paving, or local grass cutting services. We are here to help you get the perfect lawn.

For more information on our services, or how to know when to scarify lawns, give us a call on 07962 884447 and speak to our professionals today. Or, why not check out our reviews on Facebook? Don’t just take our word for it, find out from our customers about our previous work. 

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