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General gardening, soft landscaping, lawn maintenance, hedge trimming and small trees pruning, flower bed maintenance, weeding etc...
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Scarification

 

 
 
What is scarification?
 
Scarification is the process by which the ‘undergrowth’ or thatch is physically removed from a lawn. It can be a harsh process and, initially,  will make your lawn look worse but, ultimately, can make it much, much better.
 
 
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How do I know that my lawn needs scarifying?
 
We will thoroughly examine thatch surface and a sponginess of the lawn. If we find excessive thatch layer we recommend scarification. Moss loves damp environment. That's why it likes thatch layer. Thatch retains moisture and does not allow water to penetrate the soil but scarification eliminates this problem. It supports the growth of new grass by cutting new shoots.
 
 
 
Will scarification remove all moss present on the lawn?
 
Scarification certainly removes much of the moss and the reasons for its presence and growth. The success of the scarification is to eliminate the thatch layer – the reasons that encourage the growth of the moss.
 
 
What is the difference between raking the lawn, and scarification?
 
Raking the lawn carried out with a rake or leaf raking machines with small wires is the process of removing moss and dead parts of plants and grasses. If we use the scarifying knives and blades to remove the felt and it is a more in-depth, thorough operation. Put simply, scarification cuts the lawn, remove withered grass and weeds, felt, moss and the reasons for its presence.
 
 
When do we perform scarification?
 
We highly recommend to carry out the scarification during the period of moderate heat, so you can have a beautiful, best-looking grass during its growth.There are two times of the year when it’s best to scarify your lawn:
  • late spring  (mid-April onwards)
  • autumn (September).
 
We do not recomend too early in the spring as this may have a negative impact on your lawn. The perfect time for scarification is when the grass is growing strongly. So, we recomend too avoid scarification in early spring when frosts may still occur. Ideally, the soil should be moderately wet but with a touch-dry surface. In late winter/early spring, we generally get some lovely warm days, and there is a temptation to scarify then. However, the grass is not yet growing rapidly, and the following days can often turn much cooler meaning that your lawn cannot recover.
 
For the best results, we recomend to feed and mow the lawn before scarifying. If your lawn is  suffering a significant amount of moss after the winter, we recomend to apply moss killer a few weeks before scarifying. This will kill off the moss so, when it is removed,  fewer moss spores will be spread. Also, the moss will come up easier.
 
 
When lawn doesn’t require scarification?
 
If your lawn does not have a problem with moss, and scarification was carried out in the past year, the lawn does not need.
 
 
How does ZZ Domestic performs scarification?
 
Professional machine for scarifying rides around the area of the lawn, so close to the edge as possible (about 5 cm). Thatch is removed mechanically or by hand, then carefully packed into bags and taken to disposal. Alternatively, you can throw it in your compost pile if you wish.