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If you have a moss problem, use a moss killer before you scarify, so that you don't spread it around.
All lawns need good drainage and oxygenation so scarify it with a springtine rake to remove thatch - dead grass that mats beneath growing grass - and moss.
Scarify your lawn with a wire-toothed rake to remove dead grass.
Keep an eye on the thatch build-up, though, and once a year scarify to remove dead grass.
Forest Service, the following two preplanting treatments for mimosa seeds are given: Scarify (scar the seedcoat with a file), then soak seed in sulfuric acid for 15 minutes - be careful, this stuff burns
Hi Ray, The best time to scarify your lawn is when it can recover from what is a harsh but ultimately beneficial process - so that's either at the beginning of the growing season or towards the end.
All lawns need good drainage and oxygenation, so scarify it with a springtine rake to remove thatch - dead grass that mats beneath growing grass - and moss.
l Scarify the lawn to remove dead moss and grass and spike the soil if it is compacted.
Scarify and spike the lawn, throw away the 'bits', and mow the area separately, again getting rid of the cuttings.
One September routine for all lawns is to scarify first, then spike any compacted areas.
6 IF moss is quite widespread, treat it with moss-killer BEFORE you scarify, then once the moss is all dead you can rake it out without the risk of it spreading.
Lightly scarify your lawn if debris has built up over the summer unless there is a drought.