About the Landscape Juice Network

Founded in 2008. The Landscape Juice Network (LJN) is the largest and fastest growing professional landscaping and horticultural association in the United Kingdom.

LJN's professional business forum is unrivalled and open to anyone within within the UK landscape industry

LJN's Business Objectives Group (BOG) is for any Pro serious about building their business.

For the researching visitor there's a wealth of landscaping ideas, garden design ideas, lawn advice tips and advice about garden maintenance.

Spongey grass

Hi, looking for some advice please. Been looking after a lawn for a couple of years now and it has always been spongey underfoot and whilst the lawn has always looked good there’s been no appetite from the customer to tackle this.......however it’s bothering me as the weight of my mower on the spongey turf is meaning the quality of the cut isn’t as food as it could be.

see picture - first inch above the soil bed is a the spongey thatch. I scarified at the start of the year but this hadn’t helped........any views/advice?

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Email me when people reply –


  • PRO

    More scarifying 2-3 passes . regular aeration and reduce your nitrogen application dose.

  • PRO Supplier

    Its got to be a heavy duty scarification in my book.

    to play safe, half depth now, rest in spring  & ensure a harsh winter doesn't knock it back ....or, have a decent root depth if you wanted to go for it all now & top dress/ fertilise......but there is a decent bit of waste to come out and your customer may not have the stomach for what that may cost!

  • Thanks both - it’s a pretty big lawn so a big job across the full area. 


  •  Taking over new gardens, we often find this problem and it really isn't easy to eradicate, so before takling or promising too much, I'd take a deep breath and discuss with the customer.  Regular coring and heavy scarifying help, as you neeed to get the roots into the soil, most here are in the thatch. 

    • Thanks Colin, I’m really not sure the customer has the appetite for a big ongoing repair job but at least I know that’s what I’m looking at should she want to tackle it.


  • Image update.

  • PRO

    With Chris - scarify harder, areate with hollow-tines, areate with solid / slit / fracture to follow. Consider Mo-Bactor type products rather than chuck on anything else. It's unlikely to be making it where it needs to be anyway!

This reply was deleted.

Industry Jobs

Apprentice gardener

Job Description Kernel Horticultural Services are looking for an apprentice gardener. This is an ideal opportunity for someone in the early stages of their career who has an interest in and an aptitude for horticulture and landscaping. There is potential for progression for an individual with ambition and motivation to develop into a more senior

Landscape Team Leader

Were you born to lead? Ecosulis needs a team leader! Are you looking for a stimulating job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to way to help mitigate climate change and benefit biodiversity than by overseeing a dedicated habitat creation team. As one


Calling all landscaping legends… Ecosulis needs habitat creators!   Are you looking for an exciting job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to mitigate climate change and benefit wildlife than planting trees and helping to create biodiverse habitats. As the UK’s most experienced


Ecosulis are seeking to employ landscapers to assist with our habitat creation team in Oxford. You will need to have a good level of site safety, problem solving, ability to work in a team and, at times, supervising other sub-contractors. Working alongside a team, you will be required to undertake a variety of work including:

Business Objectives Group (BOG)

Latest blog post

Trade green waste centres

If you've received help from the Landscape Juice Network and you'd like to say thank you, why not make a small donation?

The site is maintained as an indpendent industry resource and it's become an essential tool for those working in the landscape industry.

Thank you

Phil Voice

Founder Landscape Juice

Make a donation

LJN Sponsor



PRO Supplier

Dennis & SISIS have announced an exciting new free-to-attend Groundcare Seminar which has been designed with education in mind for those involved in groundcare on a variety of sports turf topics.

The seminar, which will take place…

Read more…
PRO Supplier

Etesia have launched two new 46cm cutting width professional pedestrian rotary mowers ahead of the 2019 season which extends their range of mowers already available on the market.

The PHTS3 is a single speed self-propelled mower, while…

Read more…