Over time turf can accumulate ‘thatch’ – a layer of slowly decomposing grass, stems, dead roots and debris.
Not only is thatch unsightly but when it gets too thick it stops water and fertiliser from reaching the soil. Grass roots that grow in the thatch are less drought resistant as water does not penetrate the thatch. Likewise chemicals used to control soil insects such as Chafer grubs take longer to act resulting in turf that remains infested with insects. Play becomes slippery, drying out time increases, grass rots easier due to poor light at the plant base. Your pitch will not last as long.
Scarification is completed with powerful machines that remove the thatch layer and debris. This results in healthier better looking turf and an improved harder wearing playing surface. It leaves the optimum finish for overseeding.