Scarification & Aeration
Scarification Late August / Early September
Scarification is a mechanical process in which thatch and moss are removed from your lawn. It is highly recommended to carry this out at least once every three years as excessive amounts of thatch and other unwanted matter act as a vegetative barrier restricting the delivery of air, water and vital nutrients to the root zone of your lawn.
Elimination of this suffocating material is achieved by cutting through the lawn with high speed steel blades which rake out the unwanted material.
What is thatch?
Grass grows by producing side shoots which either develop underground (rhizomes) or spread along the soil surface (stolons) This action allows grass to grow into a knit of thick dense lawn. But over time older sections of grass die and this leads to a problem because the older plants contain high levels of a chemical called Lignin, which is very slow to decompose. Over time they build up layer upon layer until there is too much, this among other things is visible by large amounts of straw like matter within the lawn.
This prevents to successfully acquisition of fertilizer and sunlight, and also makes your lawn spongy which can adversely affect how low you can cut your lawn without 'scalping' taking place.
We offer this around late August / Early September and give all our clients a quote with their T3 invoice to consider
Aeration Late Summer / Early Autumn
Aeration is the process of making space within your lawn for nutrients, air and new grass growth, it also aids with soil compaction.
Aeration is not always necessary and is usually for lawns with heavy traffic or with rich clay bases. The best way to identify is it would be beneficial is to take a 6" core from the lawn and see how far the roots reach, anything under 2" and this process may be required.
Aeration is a mechanical process that uses heavy machinery and can be carried out in one of two ways.
With this form of aeration small cores of lawn and the base soil (tines) are removed leaving ‘punched’ holes in your lawn. The main benefit of this method is that it produces a large amount of room in the substrate for the acquisition of air and nutrients as well as producing large amounts of space for new growth. The down side is the production of the tines themselves, and therefore the need for waste disposal. We do subscribe to idea that tines should be left on the lawn to dissolve away. We remove them.
As with Hollow Tining, Solid Tining punches holes into the ground but with method no tines are produced, as the lawn is mechanically ‘spiked’. The fact no tines are produced is a real plus, the only drawback is the production of small areas of compression around the spiked area, but we find that any negative impact this causes if far outweighed by the positive results on the whole when used on a domestic lawn.
All the processes can be accompanied by applications of horticultural grit sand, top dressing and seed, all dependant on what each individual client would like.
If we feel your lawn needs this we will discuss it with you. A quote will be given for you to look at