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Scarification Lawn Treatment

Our range of specialist lawn treatments are designed to compliment our feeding programme to really make the very best out of your lawn.

Specialist Lawn Treatments

Applying a fertiliser to your lawn will make a huge difference to the health of your turf as it will provide all the nutrients your grass needs to thrive while building strength to manage the stresses each season brings.

 

Supporting your lawn with the right nutrients is only part of the picture though when it comes to really achieving a beautiful, healthy, luscious green lawn. Our range of specialist lawn treatments have been created to perfectly compliment our feeding programme and really will bring out the very best in your lawn and create a noticeable difference to turn a good lawn into a truly beautiful one.

 

As with our fertilisers, these can be purchased as an individual treatment or as part of one of our specially created bespoke lawn care packages where the cost can be spread evenly over the course of a year. For further information, please see our Lawn Care Packages page or contact us to arrange a free no obligation quote.

In this section...

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  • Removing Thatch

  • The after effects of scarification

  • Lawn Scarification

  • What is Thatch?

Scarifying is the process of removing thatch, moss and decaying organic material from your lawn.

 

It is an important treatment that will ultimately improve your lawn in both looks and health and is a critical part of any lawn care programme.

Lawn Scarification

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What is Thatch?

Thatch is essentially an un-decomposed matted layer of dead grass, roots, clippings and other organic matter that builds up over time. It is a very common problem that is experienced by many gardens; the extent of which can depend on various issues, including the variety of your grass, access to light and shade and the levels of nutrients in your soil.

 

Thatch collects above the soil at surface level and becomes intertwined in the grass stems.  Thatch becomes an issue when the normal cycle of decomposition is interrupted, for what can be for many different and common reasons. The un-decomposed dead matter then builds up on the surface of the soil.

As the layers of thatch thicken, it becomes matted and creates a barrier. This barrier then prevents air, light, nutrients and water from effectively penetrating the soil's surface and reaching the roots. As a result, this can cause healthy grass blades to become stressed and weak and left unchecked, can lead to your lawn thinning until it eventually dies.

 

The other issue is that excessive thatch, that becomes moisture rich and matted, can also be a haven and breeding ground for insects and disease and left untreated, can not only kill the grass but so adversely affect the soil that it prevents new growth.

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Removing Thatch

In basic terms, to remove thatch, you need to rake through it, pulling out the dead material and allowing your lawn to breathe. In real terms, this can be a very labour-intensive process and done with a hand rake can be far less effective than it should and can be.

 

Naturally, we have invested in the latest, state-of-the-art, lawn scarifier which not only effectively and efficiently draws out all of the thatch and moss in your lawn, but the tungsten blades of the scarifier also prune the grass in a way that mowing doesn't. It cuts the grass downwards rather than across, as in mowing, and as a result, promotes further shoots to grow and thickens the lawn. The blades also gently cut into the surface of the soil, creating added opportunity for moisture and air to penetrate.

The after-effects of scarification

There's no getting away from it; scarification can look scary!

 

Most scarification treatments will result in the removal of a lot of dead organic matter and the lawn can, therefore, be perceived as 'patchy' as a result. In fact, light, air, water and nutrients will now be allowed free access to the surface and roots beneath and will result in much quicker recovery than you might initially think. With the combined efforts of our treatments, including aeration, overseeding and top dressing; the recovery and resulting notable improvement in your lawn will be quickly evident. It is a treatment that will ultimately improve your lawn in both looks and health and is a critical part of any lawn care programme.