Scarification

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Bits of my lawn are yellowing even though I water it regularly so I raked some up as you can see here. Is this natural in the heat or should I be doing some scarification for the first time? If so, can anyone recommend a tool to do that?

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Matt
 

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It's a bit late now to do scarifying - should be done around April and October only. You would then need to overseed.

Keep the mowing height up to retain moisture, shallow spike the lawn and water deeply. Have a look on the lawnsmith website for useful info too.
 
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I thought spiking is pointless where the lawn is compacted. I just end up with permanent holes.
 
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Spiking helps de-compact the compacted lawn. It also allows water to penetrate more deeply. I'd add in some iron to help green up the lawn.
 
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If you have been feeding and watering and its still yellow in patches it may be worth checking for leather jackets. This has been a very bad year for them where I am.

Don't fret, this is pretty unlikely and only worth looking into if you've done everything else right and its still not great.
 
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