Scarify spring and fall, use a herbicide before and sow after — these are just some of the secrets that can help you maintain your lawn easily and have a flawless yard with thick, well-developed grass. Find out more from the content of this article.
If you like to have an impeccable lawn in the backyard, you will definitely need a scarifier to loosen the soil and provide the grass with optimal conditions for development. It is one of the less popular machines in the range for garden maintenance, but it offers significant benefits when it comes to the appearance and quality of the grass layer. For those who only now hear about this device, we have included in this article some secrets of its use, for optimal results.
Use the scarifier in April and October
The ideal period for using this lawn maintenance device is from the end of March until the middle of April. The second suitable interval is in the last part of autumn. In general, it is about the months in which the best conditions for the optimal development of the grass meet.
Treat the soil with herbicide
In order to work efficiently and without exposing the device to overloads, we recommend that you plan and prepare this garden care process in advance. This stage involves carefully checking the lawn for weeds and mosses and treating with herbicide, which is why it should be done at least a week before putting the scarifier into operation.
The role of this treatment is to prevent the spread of muscle spores when you start to loosen the soil. You will know that the muscle dies when it acquires a brown color and a dry appearance.
Mow the lawn
The next step is to mow the lawn, which will be best done with a lawn mower or mower. However, it is important that the sectioning is done at a low height. Specialists recommend choosing a sunny day for this procedure.
Both the grass and the cut weeds will now be collected together with the roots removed with the help of the scarifier.
Wet the ground
Irrigation of the lawn should take place a few days before scarification, to give the soil and grass time to dry. If it is a rainy period and the ground is wet, postpone the activity. Scarification in these conditions can irreparably affect the lawn, uprooting much of the grass, and not just the top layer, which prevents water from entering the roots.
Prepare the device correctly
In most cases the models of scarifier and lawn aerator available on the market are delivered disassembled, which means that you will have to mount the grass basket and the push rod yourself. In order for the assembly to be done correctly, consult the technical manual and use the included technical sheet as a guide.
Move in straight lines for a beautiful look
It is good to remember that the scarifiers you buy for your own garden are household models, designed to be used continuously for limited periods of time, up to a maximum of 10 hours. Adjust the scarification depth on both front wheels, using the adjustment mechanism. Start with a high setting, covering the entire surface of the lawn, then decrease the working depth with each pass. Remember that the role of the scarifier is to brush the soil and loosen it, gathering the layer of vegetation that covers it, and not to plow it.
For a better coverage of the entire lawn, it is good to intersect the paths a little, to avoid empty segments. If you care a lot about the appearance of the ground, try to work in straight lines to define a clean and tidy surface.
When you notice that grass scraps appear behind the appliance, it means that it is time to empty the basket for collection.
If you want to open the ejector flap, always stop the engine. Always maintain a safe distance between the appliance housing and your body, with the help of the handles with which the scarifier is equipped.
Pay special attention to the change of direction when working on sloping ground surfaces and always wear shoes with non-slip soles, which ensure good stability and long pants to cover your feet. If you work on a sloping terrain, always move along the slope and not up and down, you will have more control over the device.
Stop the scarifier correctly
After you have finished aerating the lawn, it is time to stop the engine. Do not try to remove the basket to collect the grass until the roller stops completely, to avoid accidents.
It looks like filling in the blanks
It is not always necessary to continue sowing the lawn, but, often, it can happen that in some areas, the grass is a little rarer or less well developed. In such cases, planting the seeds immediately after scarification is the ideal way to ensure supplementation with young grass, which will grow quickly and beautifully.
Clean the appliance periodically
A lawn scarifier is not a very complicated machine, but it requires proper maintenance to work well and have a long life. It is important to periodically clean the ventilation slots, the housing that protects the engine and the safety devices, wiping with a clean cloth. You can also use compressed air, at a low pressure level, to remove dirt. It is best to do this after each use.
A deeper cleaning, which involves the use of a cloth dampened in a solution of soap and water, should be performed every few weeks. Careful! It is important not to let water get inside the appliance and not to use aggressive cleaning solutions, especially if your model includes plastic components.
Periodically check, clean and lubricate the wheels, axles and everything that is fixed with screws and store the device in a dry and clean space, free from dust and moisture, to prevent corrosion of metal elements and the accumulation of layer between moving components.