It is common to find that your lawn looks awful after scarification, but that is nothing to be worried about. In a few weeks your lawn will be looking better than it ever has.
Your aim after scarifying your lawn is to promote rapid, healthy grass growth, that is why when you do it, and the conditions you do it in are so important.
Scarification is best done when the weather conditions promote grass growth. This is when the temperature is above 6 Celsius, the ground has enough moisture for the grass to feed from and when there is plenty of sunlight.
It is best to scarify your lawn more deeply in the autumn, as you will be removing more thatch and moss from your lawn exposing more of the ground. This leaves it open to for weeds etc. to grow in.
So why the autumn? There are fewer weeds around making it less likely that they will grow in place of the grass. You should try and scarify more thinly in the spring months when weed growth is more rapid and prominent.
After scarification you should first take a step back and see if you have exposed any hidden problems with your lawn. Have you found any weeds, or discovered that your moss or thatch problem was bigger than you first thought? Also make sure that your lawn is clear from any debris caused by scarification. If your scarifier did not have a collection box, you will need to go around the garden and collect up all the debris.
Take each of these issues one step at a time. First deal with the weeds. Pull them up and use lawn friendly weed killer to get rid of them. Its best to deal with weeds before the warm weather encourages them to grow, making it a much bigger problem to deal with in the long run.
Next tackle the moss. If you haven’t managed to remove all the moss from your lawn during scarification, go around your lawn with a moss killer. Now that you have removed the biggest moss patches, the moss killer should have a much bigger effect on the remaining pieces.
Once the moss and weeds have been taken care of, now focus on enabling your lawns recovery. First off you need to ensure that your lawn has all the nutrients that it needs to grow. To do this, use a suitable lawn fertiliser to do this.
If you are scarifying your lawn in the autumn use an autumn lawn fertiliser. These typically release their nutrients at a much slower rate, which encourages longer term health and growth during the colder months. If you have scarified your lawn in the spring then a spring time fertiliser is probably best to help encourage rapid grass growth. When doing this ensure that the lawn has plenty of water. Also continue to water your lawn regularly for the next few weeks if it has not been raining.
For areas of your garden that have become bare during the scarification process, then you should consider reseeding these areas of your lawn. This is relevant is you are scarifying your lawn in the spring.
March – April is the ideal time to begin growing grass from seeds. Not only does this help your lawn look great but it helps prevent moss and other pests, like moss from growing in its place, helping reduce any long term health effects. When seeding your lawn, remember to add a little top soil to cover the seed and help it to grow.
In addition to this, you should aerate your lawn, to relieve any compaction in the soil, and allow oxygen and water to reach the grass roots. This is turn promotes increased grass growth.
For the next few weeks, if you need to mow your lawn, should do this at a slightly higher setting than you normally do. This will help prevent moss and other pests from attacking the less covered areas of the lawn and help provide any shade to the balder patches of grass helping the soil retain moisture.
The Flymo Lawnrake Compact 3400 is the ideal product to help remove moss and thatch from your lawn. Its lightweight design makes it easy to use and manoeuvre around your garden, and collects garden debris as it goes in its unique collection box. The Flymo Lawnrake is the perfect way to scarify your lawn the quick and easy way. You can purchase the Flymo Lawnrake Compact 3400 in most good retailers, or via the Official Flymo WebShop at www.shop.flymo.co.uk.
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