Scarification is well under way in Hertfordshire. This process removes dead material (Thatch) from the base of the grass plant. Thatch is like a barrier suffocating the plant, this process allows oxygen, light, nutrients and water to the root zone.
Scarifying can be a harsh process and, initially, will make your lawn look worse but, ultimately, can make it much better. So, please have faith!
Thatch should not be confused with a thick moss layer, although the two often intertwine. This is because the thatch layer traps water at the surface of the soil providing the right conditions for moss to prevail. Scarification helps break the thatch down and starts to remove it from the lawn surface, therefore eliminating the environment for moss growth.
A small thatch layer of less than 10mm is beneficial, as it insulates the soil from extremes in temperature. However, it starts to become a problem when over 10mm, when the soils n
atural, beneficial bacteria which help break down thatch, cannot keep up.
We offer Scarification as part of our Lawn Care Program, however we do take on, one off jobs.