Scarifier / aerators / rake
My largish lawn is on rather compacted clay and gets a lot of moss each winter and dries out quickly in summer. I keep on top of the moss with lawnsand, but there is a lot of 'thatch'.
I have been dithering over whether to buy an electric scarifier, or a combi scarifier / rake, or whether to hire one.
I bought one of those manual hollow tine aerator intending to brush sharp sand into the holes but the tines got jammed with sticky clay - it was such a fag I gave up. I have seen petrol pluggers for hire - is that a power version? Some electric scarifiers claim to be aerators as well, but if they just prick holes in the lawn won't these close up again?
Advice appreciated from anyone who has been there, done it, got the teeshirt....