Some Easy Ways To Revive A Lawn After Scarifying

If you want to keep your lawn healthy by eliminating all the debris, dry fodders, and unnecessary thatches then scarifying your lawn from time to time is a good practice.

This helps to increase the fertile capacity of soil so that you can grow your favorite plants and vegetables to get maximum yield.

But scarifying your lawn makes it messy, and reviving it back is a tricky task that requires some effort and time but without proper knowledge, you will end up with frustration.

So the question is…

How Much Time Does It Take To Recover A Messy Lawn After Scarifying?

The question is pretty obvious as everyone wants fresh green grass on their lawn as soon as possible after the scarifying process.

Lawn Scarification Recovery Time

Ideally, it will take between 4 to 6 weeks to regain its beauty and health after the scarification. But if you do some special treatment then the recovery time can be minimized to some extent.

Here in this article, I’ve listed some simple and effective ways to revive your scarifying lawn as quickly as possible.

So without further ado let’s get started…

Prepare Your Lawn For Overseeding

The first step after scarifying your lawn or garden is to prepare your lawn for overseeding. Overseeding helps to revive your lawn as soon as possible and helps to regain its early stage.

But before overseeding, you need to prepare your garden for it. For this, you have to plow the soil of your lawn with some tools. Here, you can use a aerate.

Rolling Aerate helps to plow the lawn with its pointed sharp rods. It makes soil crumble and this way it maintains the proper airflow into the soil. The soil can soak enough water and organic supplements in a better way so that you can overseed and get deep rooting results with new grass seeds.

How Long After Scarifying Should I Overseed?

You can overseed your lawn after 2 to 3 days of the scarifying process because you shouldn’t overseed your lawn immediately without preparing it. Overseeding is most relevant for those who scarify their garden or lawn in spring.

March to April is the most suitable time to grow grass from seeds. During this time you will see the grass grow with deep roots.

How To Deal With Yellow Grass After Scarifying

Nobody wants to see yellow grass in some areas of their lawn, but it happened due to several reasons such as

  • By using an access amount of fertilizer.
  • Pouring too much water in a particular area.
  • Due to dog urination many times in the same area.
  • Attack by insects.
  • Deficiency of nitrogen and iron in the soil.

Too much use of anything always leads to several disadvantages. Although there are several benefits of using fertilizers, excess use of them could be the one reason for the yellowish grass on your lawn.

Solution: If you accidentally pour the excess amount of fertilizer into a particular area of your lawn then pour an adequate amount of water into that area. Fertilizers make grass dry and lifeless. Here, you can plant new grass to compensate for your mistake.

Dog Urination is also one reason green grass turns yellow on your lawn. Dog urine contains salt and an excess amount of salt leads to reduce moisture from the plant body and would also cause plants to die due to dehydration.

Solution: You have to first remove the yellow grass from its root, for this, you can use any dethatching tool. In this way, the topsoil grabs oxygen that is helpful to grow new grass seeds. After doing so you have to pour enough water into that area either manually or by using any sprinkler tool then throw the best quality seeds in that area.

Insects are another reason for the discoloring of the grass in your lawn. To overcome this serious problem you have to inspect the portion of the yellow grass by using a magnifying glass. In most cases, the young larva of insects creates this problem, not an adult one. After carefully examining the insect’s affected area use insecticide to overcome this issue.

Sometimes lack nutrition also causes yellowness of grass. Nutrition like iron and nitrogen is helpful to grow young and green grass in your lawn. The first thing to do is take a sample of the soil of your lawn and send it for the test. This type of nutrient deficiency can be solved by giving nutrient-rich plant food and by using organic fertilizers.

How To Deal With Bare Patches On Your Lawn After Scarifying

It’s pretty obvious to see bare spots here and there in your lawn after scarifying. It’s not looking good because it ends up with an unsightly lawn. In this situation, your lawn has more soil and less grass and you have to fill up this space.

Overseeding is the best idea to fix this issue on your lawn because it helps to revive your lawn more quickly and prevent the risk of weed infestation.

What If No Grass Left After Scarifying

Scarifying a lawn is a destructive task and often you find your scarifying lawn looks terrible.

But you don’t need to worry about it as it’s normal. You can treat this problem by overseeding your lawn or garden with fresh and healthy grass seeds.

Top Dressing: Topdressing is a very helpful technique to revive your terrible-looking lawn or garden in a proper way. This is beneficial for those who have an ornamental garden.

However it is a costly and time taking process that is not necessary for everyone but it has several benefits and a few of them are, it makes the soil fertile due to the several nutrients and minerals present in it.

Topdressing makes your uneven lawn areas even from all sides and help to get a flatter surface. Topdressing contains microbes that help to control unwanted and harmful weed production and thatch on your lawn.

Use Best Quality Fertilizer After Scarifying Your Lawn

Fertilizer is a very important supplement for the soil of your lawn that fulfills the nutrition malfunction with enriching minerals and microbes. It also triggers the growth of green grass on your lawn.

Use high-quality fertilizer that is full of nitrogen and phosphates to revive your lawn quickly. It helps to germinate the grass seeds well.

Watering Your Lawn After Scarifying

After all the labeling work and using the best quality fertilizer, you need to moisturize the soil of your lawn. A moisturized soil activates the fertilizers and microbes and helps to germinate the seeds in a proper way.

You can use a sprinkler with a proper watering setting so that the lawn gets enough water without wastage. Here, It would be better to water your lawn per day for a week.

When Can I Cut My Grass After Scarifying

Examining the length of the grass on your lawn is very important. If you find long grass on your lawn try to cut them down with the help of a mover with a lower setting means, cut the grass from 1 inch.

Grass larger in length makes your scarifying process cumbersome and end up with a scalped lawn that nobody likes. Try to mow your lawn before scarifying because it helps your scarifying equipment to work well.

The mowing process cuts down grass without killing it and helps to grow it in a better way after the scarifying process.


Scarifying your lawn once per year make your lawn look beautiful with healthy green grass. It will remove thatches that share water and nutrition with the grass and prevent its growth.

So Scarifying the lawn or garden with proper tools and techniques will benefit you and your garden so that you can see a clear difference within 4 to 5 weeks.


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Harry walter

Harry Walter is here, I'm a passionate writer of home guides, backyard, and garage problems, and have been doing this for a couple of years. I love to share simple solutions for your home and backyard problems.

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