Scarify the lawn in autumn – How to do it right
Despite careful and proper care, lawn turf inevitably forms on the bottom of your favorite meadow over time. In moderation, it causes the lawn to spread out tight and look healthy. Over time, however, this grass dies and develops a chemical compound called lignin, causing it to decompose very slowly. As a result, layers of dead grass form and mingle with newer shoots, which gradually slows growth and creates a good environment for rot, fungus, moss and insects. Scarifying the lawn in the fall aims to remove this lawnfelt, allowing water, oxygen and nutrients to re-penetrate the soil. This in turn improves the health and color of your lawn. However, since scarifying is such an invasive treatment, doing the wrong thing can do more harm than good. That's why today we'll give you some helpful tips on scarifying in the fall. Your lawn will thank you!
Do you know what is hidden under your lawn?
How much lawn felt is too much lawn felt?
Having some lawn felt (about 0.5-1 cm) in your lawn is a good thing. It protects the crown of the grass plant from the elements, while at the same time water, oxygen and nutrients penetrate the soil and enter the root zone. Anything thicker than 1 cm may damage the grass and must be removed. This then improves the health of your lawn and ultimately makes it more resilient. Most lawns need to be scarred about once a year.
Lawns that feel like an extra thick carpet need to be upended
More than 1 cm is already too much of a good thing
Note, however, that not all grasses produce lawnfelt. Rye grass is a common example. It is extremely hard-wearing, dry and heat-resistant and produces virtually no turf felt. This makes ryegrass perfect for home gardeners who do not want to spend their days off doing lawn care. On the other hand, many serious gardeners see this grass as a weed that needs to be eliminated. So if you want your meadow to look like a real golf turf, you will most likely need a different strain.
Rye grass is very easy to care for and robust, but does not look quite as chic
Scarify the lawn in autumn – that's the rule! But why exactly in the fall?
Scarifying is very beneficial in the long run, but shortly thereafter your lawn will look pretty mangled. And if your lawn-felting problem is particularly bad, you could lose most of your lawn. But no fear! Your meadow will recover and look even better afterwards than ever before. In order for your lawn to recover quickly, you need to do the scarifying in seasons with good growth conditions. This means a mixture of heat, rain and sun. You want to avoid excessive heat and cold. The best season for strong scarifying is therefore the fall, but light procedures are also possible in spring.
In the fall, your lawn generally needs the most care
Tools and equipment for scarifying in autumn
Here is a list of everything you need to get the job done without hiring professionals.
- Lawnmower, ideally with a grass catcher
- Hand, electric or petrol vice, depending on the size of your lawn
- leaves bag
- lawn grass seeds
- lawn fertilizer
Do you have everything you need to scarify in the fall?
Step-by-step instructions on how to scar in the autumn
- Irrigate your lawn two days before scarifying, but do not fertilize it for at least 45 days. Fertilizing only contributes to making the turf felt denser and making it difficult for the scarifier to work.
- Set your lawnmower to the lowest setting for your grass type and cut the entire area short.
- Locate all underground supply cables, sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads and mark them with some flour from the kitchen. The scarifier can easily damage these.
Locate sensitive underground systems and mark them
- Set the blades on the scarifier to a high level and a distance of about 7 cm for most grasses. For denser varieties such as Zoysia and Bermuda, place the blades at a low level and about 2 cm apart.
- Start the scarifier and just run it over the lawn. He does not have to be pushed or pushed. Work back and forth in strips and then across at a 45-degree angle. Rake all the lawn felt and dispose of it in a brown bio-bin or recycling yard. In the compost this decomposes very slowly.
- After scarifying, you must now help the lawn to recover. First, it helps to seize. In the spring, your meadow is not only denser, but naturally protects itself from weeds. Only then should you feed with a fertilizer rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and then irrigate.
Seeding gives your turf a strong boost in the next growing season
Finally, all you have to do is fertilize and water
Scarifying in the fall helps you to get rid of lawnfelt and thereby fungi, moss, insects, diseases, dirt etc. and so should not be underestimated. If you perform the above operations annually, your lawn will eventually become more robust, stronger and more lush.
The lawn felt should be disposed of best
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