WHAT IS SCARIFYING
A layer of both dead and living shoots, stems, and roots known as thatch forms on the surface of a root zone beneath the green tops of turf. "Mat" is the term for decomposing thatch that has mingled with soil particles.
Scarifying is the process of removing too much root zone and thatch buildup from your lawn. You should do it at least every two years to transform a thick, spongy lawn into a green, tightly woven surface.
WHEN IS A GOOD TIME
The scaryfying process involves several steps. Following thatch removal, the rootzone must be thinned out. Sometimes it's sufficient to simply remove the thatch. Sometimes you may need to thin out the rootzone.
For Kikuyu and Couch, scarifying can be done from roughly October through to February, although October and November are the optimum months to do it.
In order to get rid of thatch, you must totally mow your lawn's top layer down to the soil. When you're done, the more soil you can see, the better job you did.
You may rest confident that a lawn mower won't harm a couch or a kikuyu lawn! Your lawn's colour will be entirely removed during this process; this is normal and expected.
When you remove a significant amount of thatch, don't be shocked. Often, scaping alone is sufficient to revitalise your lawn.
People frequently make the error of ploughing the soil too deeply, which makes the task much more difficult than it has to be. For best moss removal, only dig a maximum of 5mm into the dirt. This is enough to cut through the top roots of the grass plants, producing the release of a growth hormone that starts the healing process.
If you're scarifying by hand and unsure of how much pressure to use, start with a less noticeable area of your lawn.
WET & DRY FERTILISE
Scarifying stresses out your lawn and makes it appear as though a bulldozer has ploughed through it. It resembles a slasher film for your lawn.
Scarification puts the lawn into repair mode, and the plant immediately releases growth hormone. For optimal results, overseeding is a terrific idea now, as is the ideal time to fertilise and hydrate the lawn. but first fertilise.
Use a high-nitrogen fertiliser, Nitrogen promotes leaf growth, which expedites and expedites recuperation.