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What is Scarification?
Scarification is the process of removing thatch and organic debris from the lower level of your lawn, if there is moss present then some will also be removed by the process, more may rise to the surface for a few days afterwards. Removing the thatch build up helps to reduce the amount of moss that builds up in a lawn and keep the debris level under control which can help prevent issues such waterlogging and lawn diseases before they happen.
Not all machines are created equal. While a domestic lawn raker might seem similar to a scarifier it is not the correct tool for the job and may cause more damage to your lawn. Top Lawn use the latest pedestrian machines that have bladed drums which rotate at high speeds to remove the thatch and debris from the lawn.
When should Scarifying take place?
Scarification is ideally performed in the spring or autumn and at least once a year. During spring and autumn the grass is actively growing and will recover at a good rate. After the lawn has been scarified it should be kept moist, and treatments including fertiliser can be applied, as appropriate.
When to Avoid?
Avoid scarifying in the winter months as the grass growth will have slowed to a near stop, and the lawn may be muddy, making its recovery time much longer. Drought conditions can also cause your lawn to become distressed so should also be avoided.
Mr A D
"Frankly, I had abandoned hope. My 2 acres had been surrendered to weeds and moss over 17 years. The area was too big for me to even begin to put right alone.
I sought expert help – and chose to use Robert and his team. Great decision! In just 12 months, I have recovered a magnificent lush, green lawn that I never expected to see again. I happily recommend Robert and his team.
They know what they are talking about."
Mrs B N
"Robert prepared a detailed plan to sort out the problems. Thanks to his expert knowledge and the efficiency of the treatment, my lawn already looks so much better. I am amazed at the difference in such a short time.
Six months ago my lawn looked awful, full of moss and weeds with pale starved grass. I thought it was beyond repair. A friend suggested I contact Robert at then Countrywide LawnDoctor (Now Top Lawn) - I am so glad I did.
I am delighted with the Top Lawn service. They are a pleasure to deal with. I have happily recommended them to friends and neighbours."
Captain MJH. - East Sussex
"When first described to me by Robert Martin of Top Lawn, their Green Keeper programme seemed to be an expensive and over-egged option. Motivated by the promise I would not regret it if I signed up, I decided to give it a try. Now several months into the experiment I see why I made the right decision. Basically without any input from me, save for signing the standing order, the lawn has moved from disaster to wonder. From a weed infested mess to an area of lush green healthy lawn all in a matter of months it is truly an all-in care programme that seems to be working to perfection. I commend Robert and his expanding team and I endorse his Green Keeper programme."
Mrs M W
"I have known Robert and his Lawn Treatment business since he started nearly 10 years ago when it was Countrywide LawnDoctor. His professional approach to us and his enthusiastic care of our lawn by himself and his staff have always impressed.
The lawn is in good condition through very wet and very dry times, and much admired by all.“
B B, Eastbourne
"Back in March I called Top Lawn to advise us on our ‘lawns’, an unattractive combination of moss, weeds, various grasses, or no grass at all. The ground was compacted, the soil impoverished, and really I held out little hope that any treatment was worth the effort or expense since the entire area seemed beyond redemption! How wrong could I be. Aeration and various treatments started in April, and in just six months almost the whole area has been vastly improved - we have grass where there was no grass, weeds have been dispatched, and areas that have never seen grass are now greening up. There is more to do - some very difficult dry, shaded areas need further attention, but from results already achieved, I’m confident by the end of next year we’ll have a lawn to be proud of, thanks to the expertise of Robert Martin and his dedicated team.“
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