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Scarifying your lawn, hire a scarifier that cuts vertically through the lawn and thatch, and shallowly scores the surface of the earth. You can achieve a similar effect using just a rake, but it is back-breaking work! We recommend scarifying tools with rotating blades that penetrate a few millimetres into the soil to remove moss, thatch and weeds. The process can make a bit of a mess of the grass at first, but it rejuvenates your lawn for the long term, making it easier for air, water and micronutrients to reach the roots

Lawn Scarifying

Spring is the best time of year to scarify a lawn. As soon as temperatures are consistently above 10°C and the grass is growing vigorously, the lawn should be strong enough to scarify – after it has been mown three or four times since the beginning of the year. Start your lawn care by scarifying, followed by the first fertilisation of the season to prepare your green space for the new gardening season. Aim to scarify your lawn in April or May because the soil recovers very quickly at that time of year.

 Electric Scarifiers

Electric lawn scarifier

Have moss, weeds, or thatch made themselves at home in your lawn? Then it’s time to step up and take serious action. Hire heavy duty petrol or electrically powered scarifiers from Shire GM, these are the go-to lawn care tools for healthy green grass. They score the earth while removing dead matter that inhibits grass vitality, delivering increased light and nutrients to the grass in a single work step. With a lawn scarifier, you can rejuvenate your lawn and lay the groundwork for your own peaceful oasis.

Aerating Your Lawn

The best time for lawn aeration in the UK is autumn or spring. This is when the soil is mostly likely to be moist and ready for a treatment.

Keep in mind that the weather in the UK varies a great deal and aeration is very condition dependent. Never aerate when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. If it is too wet then the holes will not let water and air through as the sides of the holes will quickly seal up.

New lawns should be aerated once a year as they have a less mature root system, and although aerating helps them develop and grow you need to wait for the grass to be stronger to cope with this. Those with hard or clay soil should be aerated twice a year as they are more susceptible to compaction. For all other types of soil and lawn you should aerate at least every 2 years, but more frequently if the grass is looking unhealthy or not growing well.


There are 2 different types of soil aeration and a number of different tools to use for aerating your lawn. Which one you choose can depend on the size of your lawn, your budget and the condition of your grass. Below is our guide to the different types of aeration and aerators.


Solid tine aerator

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Also known as spike tine aerators, this will punch solid holes into the turf. Solid tines are useful for general aeration and can be done well with a number of cost efficient tools. The only caveat to this method is that it can sometimes cause compaction in the sides of the hole that the spike creates.


Hollow tine lawn aerator

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Hollow tines actually extract the compacted soil through tubes that are driven into the turf. A hollow tine aerator removes a plug of soil which helps prevent the hole simply closing up again. The act of removing cores from the soil is aimed at lawns with severe compaction and is generally regarded as the most effective form of aeration.


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