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When is the best time to scarify a lawn?

Scarifying is a very beneficial lawn treatment and rather than being considered as a remedial maintenance exercise every one to two years, you should consider scarifying as a regular maintenance procedure.

What does scarifying do?

During the course of a season thatch and lateral grass stems build up, which restricts sunlight and air getting through to the grass roots.

As more and more thatch appears it restricts any new and healthy grass from growing and is replaced by moss and weeds taking over, leading to a decline in the health of your lawn.

A scarifier is like a lawn mower with knife blades or wire tines spaced out along a reel similar to a cylinder on a mower.

These vertical blades act like a vigorous comb, forcing out any thatch at grass root level.

These blades can be lowered, or raised, to combat the depth of thatch, or in some applications, penetrate into any crusty soil layer.


The deeper the blades go, and the more extreme and vigorous the action is on the roots, potentially the more beneficial this remedial action has on grass grass root zone.

A deep slice into the soil cuts through any shallow grass roots. Tillering occurs when the grass sends out new shoots where a root has been pruned.

If this procedure is carried out on a regular basis this root pruning will encourage a thicker grass root zone and helps prevent weeds whilst also discouraging moss.

A scarifier can be set just to brush the soil surface without any interference with the roots of the grass. This procedure is effective if you just want to remove a build up of dead grass or take out any unwanted lateral grass growth.


Modern professional mowing machinery is often fitted with a grooming reel set just behind the front roller. Every pass with the mower removes any loose detritus, thus keeping the surface aerated and free from build up of lateral grass growth and thatch.

Can I carry out scarification on my lawn?

It is possible to hire or buy a scarifier, but these are not professional grade and will not do a brilliant job.

By far the best way to have your lawn is have a professional gardening company in to use a professional machine with their expert knowledge and skill. Busy Bee Garden Services Ltd are the professionals company with the knowledge and skills to scarify your lawn. We will come out to inspect your lawn and discuss with you the best course of action to give you the lawn you can be proud of and enjoy again.

Busy Bee Garden Services carry out scarifying in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire including the areas of Farnborough, Aldershot, Camberley, Egham, Windlesham, Fleet, Church Crookham, Sunningdale, Hook, West End and many more.

Give us a buzz today on 01276491904 or email our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see how we can improve your lawn.


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