When Should You Scarify Your Lawn?

Gardening is one of the most relaxing things you can do. Especially during the spring and autumn, there are few things better to do then gardening. However, caring for your flowerpots is not the only thing a gardener has to do. Sure, it can be a challenge to make sure your plants are not eaten by insects, but by far the biggest challenge is to maintain a good patch of grass. Maintaining a good patch of grass can be really difficult. An important technique many gardeners overlook is scarifying your garden. Scarification can seem a bit radical, but it is a vital maintenance technique that can really help your patch of grass to excel. Today, I’m going to be talking about how to scarify, and more importantly, when to scarify a lawn. As the timing of when to scarify lawn or multiple lawns is crucial when you want to really boost the nutrition and growth of your grass.

Why do we scarify lawns?

Let’s start first start with explaining what scarifying a lawn actually means. Scarifying a lawn means that you are breaking the top surface of the lawn. People usually do this with a rake or a special scarifying machine. By vertically cutting the lawn, you remove moss and lawn weeds. Lawn weeds and moss can really decrease the growth of your grass. Lawn weeds weaken your lawn because they suck up nutrients from the soil. These are nutrients that your grass could really use. There are different ways of removing lawn weeds and moss, but scarifying can be one of the most effective ways. The main goal is to give the grass more nutrition, room, and oxygen. If the soil surface gets overpopulated by lawn weeds or moss, the grass blades that sprout from the crown, are not able to fully grow.

When you should scarify your lawn?

The question when to scarify lawn is very important. Your lawn should be growing to give it the best opportunity to excel. Grass grows when the soil temperature is more than 10 degrees. Stick a thermometer 3 centimeters in the soil. If it is 10 degrees or higher, you can scarify the lawn. The best months to do so is between march and may, or between august and October. It’s best not to do it in the middle of summer. You need a dry, reasonably warm day, cloudy day. Make sure that there is not going to be a heatwave that week or an enormous downpour.