Lawn Scarifying & Raking
Different grass types have different requirements regarding scarifying. If you've adopted a lawn from a previous owner the lawn may be putting more or less demand on you than you want. Novices or reluctant gardeners are unlikely to want to scarify the lawn but may have to! Enthusiasts on the other hand will know the benefits of scarifying a fine lawn and perhaps enjoy the process as well.
Therefore, you may have to make changes to your lawn or grass type before you get your ideal lawn. This section will help you decide what grass type and whether you want to be a lawn novice, amateur of enthusiast.
Scarifying is mainly influenced by grass type; this is going to dictate whether or not your lawn is going to need scarifying or de-thatching. If you’ve got anything other than a mainly rye grass lawn then it will need doing at some time. And if it’s an ornamental or so-called 'luxury lawn' full of the fine fescue grasses then you’d better start to love scarifying.
Raking is influenced by the amount of moss that grows in your lawn. If it’s wet, shady or perhaps on a clay soil then you’ll have your share of moss and you’ll need to do some raking.
So, like it or not you had best be prepared. DON’T bury your head in the sand and hope the problem will go away. It won’t, and year on year it will get worse to the point that you have little or no grass left! The BEST and EASIEST way to tackle problems of thatch or moss is to tackle them early. Let the problem reach CRITICAL and you may not have a lawn to save!