SCARIFYING AND AERATION
Lawn Scarification is the removal of dead organic matter and moss from the base of the grass plant to maintain a healthy growing environment above and below the soil surface.
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil.
Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface starves the roots from the essential elements.
Benefits of Scarifying
Reduces the amount of moss in the lawn.
Increased disease tolerance.
Increased water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil.
Enhanced infiltration of rainfall.
Helps prevent fertiliser and treatment run-off from ‘spongy’ lawns.
Benefits of Aeration
Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
Enhanced soil water uptake.
Improved fertiliser uptake and use.
Reduced water runoff and puddling.
Stronger turf roots.
Reduced soil compaction.
Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
Improved resiliency and cushioning.
Enhanced thatch breakdown.