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What's the difference between Dethatching and Scarifying?
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15 months ago
  Dethatching Scarifying
Uses  
  • Removing thatch
  • Aerating the lawn
  • Removing thatch and debris from above and below the soil
  • Aerating the lawn
  • Frees plant roots to encourage growth
When to Use
  • Lawn is actively growing and soil is moderately moist
  • If thatch is an inch thick or more
  • Late Spring and early Autumn
  • Once or twice a year
  • After mowing the lawn
Pros  
  • Removes thatch that prevents water and nutrients from reaching the soil
  • Promotes grass growth
  • Prevents mold, mildew, moss, and fungi
  • Regulates temperature and moisture
  • Removes thatch that prevents water and nutrients from reaching the soil
  • Prevents mold, mildew, moss, and fungi
  • Discourages weed growth
  • Removes the boucy/spongy feel in your lawn
Cons  
  • Dethatching a dormant lawn can damage the grass
  • Only for above soil thatch/debris removal
  • Your lawn will not look very pretty for a few days while the lawn and soil recovers
  • Scarifying too often can cause damage to your lawn

 

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