Posted: 20/07/2014 at 23:46
Suddenly you find that you have a garden. Possibly a very large area is taken up with a lawn. Now then. There's room for another thread. So. The lawn, grass patch whatever. Perhaps you spent ages preparing the site. Then sowing the best seed. As with most seed sowings. Be prepared for all sorts to emerge. So jumping ahead. The now established lawn. Hey, what's this. Lots of dead grass, and look. Surely that is moss and loads of other unwantables. The dead grass is what is called, 'thatch' This really is in most cases, lawn mowings etc that have avoided picking up. In some cases, they will rot down and help the spoil. In others. They can build up. Then moss and other strange plants. So what can the lawn owner do. OK books TV etc all offer so much info. Naturally if you have a lawn, you want it to look good, at least from a distance. Suddenly the topic of scarifying the lawn is bought to your attention. Oh how the commercial side of horticulture starts rubbing it's hands. Buy this feed, weed and kill. Try this perfect tool etc. Despite the fact that garen folk usually are a great bunch. Believe me. We all can be so gulliable at times. So what is scarifying? Basically it is a method, means of actually raking out the dead stuff and the mosses etc. If I had the power to ban a certain garden tool. It would have to be the bladed rake. I can't give it any other name. Much better and loved is the basic wire lawn rake. An assembly of steel wire set in a fan shape. The purpose of scarifying. To loosen, dislodge unwanted plants etc. Now sadly. The tines cannot sort out the wheat from the tares. So at time some grass plants will get gathered up. The basic idea is to rake, dislodge the unwanted. The wire tines do this to perfection. The dreaded blade type simply severes and chops up everything. The actual act of scarifying, compared to basic lawn raking. The angle and pressure applied to the rake varies. For basic lawn raking such as leaf clearing. Very little effort is required. For scarifying, a wee bit more pressure is needed. On large areas. I suggest using a string line to divide the area. On smaller lawns. Just walk over the area and spot the enemy and scrub them out. Collectin the waste. Small areas cane dealt with using a wheel barrow etc. Larger areas. The mower can be used, if it has a collection box. To be honest friends. So many ordinary everyday gardeners suddenly become. Over involved.. Take each day as it comes. Listen to advice etc and the form your own way. Remember. After scarifying. Use a roller or mower with a roller to press down the grass roots.