How to scarify a lawn using a leaf rake —plus petrol or electric scarifier methods

Too mucb thatch can severely hamper the lawn's health
Too much thatch can severely hamper the lawn's health (Image credit: The Grass People)

Knowing how to scarify a lawn is essential part of maintaining a tidy and healthy garden.

Thatch, a layer of dead turf material, can cause a mossy and spongy lawn when it gets too thick because it stops water, fertiliser and oxygen from reaching the grass roots. However, the process of scarifying, also known as de-thatching, removes thatch, moss, and other matter from the surface of the lawn.

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