A Lawn Scarifier is an essential piece of garden equipment if you want to have a lawn of the highest quality. A lawn scarifier removes dead matter such as moss and weeds and also dead grass and leaves you with just the grass and other living weeds which can then be removed, scarifying is basically just like raking the lawn but in a much more efficient and effective manner.
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So what is a lawn scarifier?
It is a usually electric garden tool that you push very much like a lawn mower and it rakes unwanted material from your lawn. They are also known as lawn rakers and so you can buy either as they both do the same thing. As well as the electric scarifiers there are also petrol scarifiers too but these are much more expensive, the petrol models do have advantages though such as being easier to manoeuvre as there is no cable and more power.
Scarifying a lawn is best done in the autumn and can also be done in the spring and it must be done when the grass is growing. It is also better if the soil is a bit moist, not wet but just so that the soil is a little moist so that it is easier to remove the unwanted material from the lawn. Weather wise make sure that rain is not on the way as this will cause all kinds of problems.
The method of scarification on the lawn is simple and so most gardeners can manage to scarify their lawn. If the lawn has not been scarified for a long time (or even never) and you can see allot of moss and other weeds then prepare yourself for dealing with a large amount of garden waste as it is often very surprising and will very quickly fill a wheely bin! It is very much worth doing though as removing the moss and weeds will do the lawn the world of good.
There are a few things that you need to do before you use a lawn scarifier or raker and one is to kill all of the weeds and moss and there are products that you can buy that do this easily. It all needs to be dead and so do this a few weeks before you do the scarifying. You then need to mow the lawn really low so that the scarifier has less grass to deal with.
When you are first scarifying your lawn and it has not been done for a long time the best method is to do it in several different directions, it is unlikely that all of the unwanted material will be removed at the first attempt. As you start you need to set the height of the scarifier and the only way to do this is to use it on a part of the lawn that is either hidden slightly or not seen so often and just adjust the scarifier until it is getting well into the lawn but not damaging it.
So go over the lawn with the scarifier in as many different directions as is practical, do not turn while scarifying and so go in straight lines and go nice and slow so that it has good time to pull as much of the unwanted material out of the lawn as is possible. Also try not to change the angle of your scarifying too much with each pass and so on the second pass just do it in a slightly different direction, don't just do horizontal and vertical as you will need many passes and only slight changes in the direction with each pass. You will probably also need to collect the waste after each pass as there will probably be allot and while some machines have a means of collecting this there will still likely be some on the lawn and so raking that up before each new pass will make things much easier.
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