Lawn Scarification is the removal of dead organic matter from the base of the grass plant to maintain a healthy growing environment above and below the soil surface. This layer of matter is known as the thatch layer.
A major issue with a lot of turf areas is the buildup of thatch. This layer can hinder cutting heights and cause areas to be scalped while mowing.
This spongy layer can also inhibit the standard of sports turf effecting both playability and safety.
Another issue with the build-up of thatch is that it inhibits the flow of nutrients, oxygen and water, as well as being a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
Thatch can be removed through the process of scarification; this is when machine mounted vertical blades are run through the surface lifting and removing thatch from the area.