The Benefits of a Quality Scarification Programme

Want your lawn to look its best this spring? Here are some of the benefits of a first-class scarification programme.

Maintaining your lawn year-round means using the time before spring effectively.

The one thing that unifies all seasonal lawncare is consistency. Starting a proper treatment programme will only benefit your lawn’s growth, health, and appearance in the long run. Start thinking about spring scarification now to put some pep back in your step, and in your lawn.

What is Scarification?

Scarification is a mechanical operation designed to remove organic matter from around the base of the grass plant – such organic matter is known as thatch. Additionally, scarification is the process of tidying up your lawn through the removal of any straggly lateral growth. Scarification also eliminates moss growth that, if left unchecked, can choke out the desirable grasses and hinder its growth year-round.











To see our scarification process in action, check out this video from one of our lawncare experts: Richard from Rich Lawns and TruGreen Milton Keynes

Why is Scarification Important?

To recap, scarification is used to remove:

  • Organic Matter
  • Thatch
  • Straggly lateral growth on the grass plant

Regular and quality scarification is vital in preventing the build-up of moss and thatch in your lawn – as they can lead to a number of issues:

Thatch naturally builds up in your lawn throughout the year, and leads to poor grass growth, health, and appearance. Therefore, keeping the thatch layer under control, and maintaining strong growth is achieved through scarification.

Scarification is also key to preparing your lawn for various weather conditions that will impact it throughout the year. Thatch and moss infested lawns will not wear well, nor will they be able to cope with drought conditions in warmer months. Scarifying regularly prepares your lawn for whatever conditions the weather throws its way.

When is the Best Time to Scarify my Lawn?

There are two main times in the year when scarification should be considered: late spring and early autumn.

It is a good idea to scarify in the spring. However, scarifying too early in the year won’t allow the grasses to regenerate and fill the space created by scarification with desirable grasses. It’s important to encourage strong grass growth after scarification, so be advised that fertiliser application will be necessary.

Get a head start on your 2022 lawncare by finding your nearest TruGreen business and booking your free 14-point lawn analysis today. On arrival, our lawncare operatives will personally assess the conditions of your lawn and draw up a yearly lawn treatment plan to suit you. The first step in any quality lawncare programme is the right preparation. So start now, and take your first step towards the lawn of your dreams with TruGreen.