Lawn scarifying in Maidstone, Malling & Medway areas

Scarifying is a mechanical process that has huge benefits for your lawn:

  • Removes thatch and moss to enable air, water and nutrients to reach the soil and grass roots
  • Prunes lateral grass roots to encourage thickening of grass plants
  • Creates a seed bed when over-seeding your lawn

Our professional scarifier machines are petrol powered and very different from electric lawn rakes. Fitted with heavy duty steel blades that will penetrate the soil surface, these will cut out moss and thatch.

What is thatch?

Thatch is a combination of both living and dead grass roots, crowns, stolons, and other organic matter that forms a layer on the surface of your lawn.
A small amount of thatch in your lawn is normal and can be beneficial, but once the thatch layer becomes too thick, it will in effect choke your lawn. 
Thatch also absorbs moisture, stopping it reaching your grass roots, and providing a perfect habitat for moss growth. These moss spores will then spread, and invade any bare areas of your lawn, out-competing the grass.
By removing the bulk of this thatch, air, nutrients and water, the vital things for the health of your lawn, can reach the soil to nourish your grass.

What does scarifying lawns do?

Scarification of your lawn is a process of removing the majority of this thatch and moss layer. The blades will promote tillering of lateral grass roots as they prune them, which will naturally thicken your lawn, reducing space for moss to grow.
They blades will also cut narrow, shallow grooves into the surface of your lawn, creating the perfect seed bed for grass seed to germinate in when over-seeded at the same time.

We provide two levels of scarification. Our standard maintenance scarification comprises two passes with our scarifier, in different directions to remove the bulk of thatch and moss and create a seed bed prior to any over-seeding. We will carry out multiple heavy scarification passes as part of our lawn restarter process, often taking the lawn back to bare soil in really extreme cases.