Is it too late to scarifying this year?
I'm new to the forum as I'm looking for some help saving my lawn. After working away from home for a year, it has been pretty neglected and not cut often, although the kids have still played football on it and it has suffered.
I have 3 typical problems which is making it worse- the soil is heavy and clay, lots of use by kids, and a large Euycalyptus tree overgrown and shading a lot. So a lot of the grass has died off and the moss has taken hold of at least half the lawn. I'm getting the tree cut back hard next week and I want to see if I can work on the lawn now. What do people think?
I've read the bits on lawn treatment and definitely need to scarify to get the moss and dead grass out, then aerate and treat the grass. I'm going to look for a cheap scarifier/aerator, does anyone have any suggestions?
But what I'd like to know is, do you think it is too late to start this now? I'm in Cheshire, it's not desperately cold, or do I have to wait several months?
Do I need to try and kill the moss off first as well? It's a big area to treat and I don't really want to wait another two weeks.
Thanks for the advice!