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When is the best time of the year to scarify my lawn?

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When is the best time of the year to scarify my lawn?

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  What time of the year is it best to scarify your lawn is a very important question and the answer is basically when the lawn is actively growing and able to recover from the process.  The two main  seasons in the year when this is spring and autumn.  
Scarifying is a process that removes large quantities of dead organic matter, usually in the form of
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grass clippings and dead moss and even the most healthiest of lawn benefit from being scarified. This organic matter will very quickly form a dense layer on the surface of the soil, and is known as thatch (please read my other article regarding lawn thatch).  The most effective way to dethatch a lawn is with a scarifier. It uses a series of revolving vertical knives that cut and pull through the thatch and moss and bring it to the surface of the lawn. The debris is then raked away for disposal.  It is suprising how much can be removed.  Once the lawn has been scarifyed it is advisable to over seed the lawn.

Below is a guide of the best time of year to scarify your lawn:

 
 
APRIL – THIS IS USUALLY A EXCELLENT TIME OF YEAR
The grass is usually in full growth and there is often plenty of moisture around. However, In the past some spring months have been rather cold and dry. If this occurs in your area wait until the temperature rises.  A temperature of at least 8 degrees would be adequate.
 
MAY – POSSIBLE DEPENDENT IF CONDITIONS ARE NOT DRY
If may turns out to be a hot dry month, put the scarifier away or cancel your lawn care provider. If it is cool and wet you can scarify and your lawn will recover quickly. 
 
JUNE - AUGUST – AVOID AT ALL COSTS
The summer months are the worst time of the year to scarify your lawn.
 
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER – THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR
At this time of the year the lawn grasses are still growing strong so the lawn will recover well after being scarified. It is also a good time of year to over seed because the ground temperature is still warm and the seed will germinate easily. 
 
NOVEMBER – USUALLY NOT RECOMMENDED
Unless the long range weather forecast is good and no frosts and no cold weather is predicted you could take a chance and scarify your lawn but if temperatures are below 8 degrees your lawn will not recover well.
 
DECEMBER – MARCH - AVOID AT ALL COSTS
It is too cold and the lawn will be in hibernation for winter and will not recover.  Scarifying at this time of year will cause more damage than good.

If you have any questions please send me an email to sean@grasshoppergardenservices.co.uk  or leave a comment below.

Please have a look at my other blog articles related to scarifying your lawn. Please click on the link below.


How to scarify your lawn

How to kill moss before scarifying your lawn

The most common lawn weeds and how to identify them

What is lawn thatch?
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  • John Rowlands
    John Rowlands Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    Hi thanks for the piece on scarifieing, do you have any advice on overseeding?

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