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Scarification

A mechanical process that removes thatch and moss to promote healthy grass growth

A lawn in need of scarifying will have a visible layer of moss or dead organic material such as grass, leaves or weeds. This is known as thatch, which prevents the lawn from properly absorbing air, water and nutrients through its root system and results in shallow roots and thinly dispersed turf growth.

 

In order to remove as much of this material as possible, a lawn will need to be scarified to help maximise grass space. Supalawns uses an extremely effective scarification machine with high speed rotating blades that vertically cut into the turf in order to remove the troublesome lawn thatch. This will leave a blanket of debris thatch across the lawn, which will then be collected, bagged and removed at our disposal.

 

Upon initial completion, the lawn may look patchy in some places and could require some seeding where appropriate, however with a new flow of oxygen, water and nutrients to penetrate grass roots this will eventually result in a thicker, greener lawn.

How scarification works

MOSS LAYER

Moss and dead organic material such as grass, leaves and weeds rot towards the root bed to create a thick spongy layer of thatch. This results in shallow roots and thinly dispersed turf growth

BEFORE SCARIFICATION

THATCH LAYER

REMOVED THATCH & MOSS

AFTER SCARIFICATION

Air, water and essential nutrients can now penetrate the root system to produce deeper roots and maximise growing space for a thicker, greener lawn.