Repairing bare, patchy, or burned areas of your lawn may seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right information, tools, and supplies, you can repair your lawn like a lawn care professional.
What Causes Bare Spots in Your Lawn?
The first step to lawn repair is to assess the damage and especially the cause of the damage. Burned grass is a sign that the roots are dehydrated. Bare spots or patchy areas can be caused by animal runs and urine, excessive foot traffic, poor soil conditions, erosion, lack of or excess sun exposure, insects, fungus, or dull mower blades.
Assess the reason for the bare spots, if possible, and work to remedy that situation. Once you have that figured out, it is time to seed.
Always Over Seed Your Damaged Lawn
Overseeding with new grass seed is the best method for lawn repair. Prepping your lawn before you overseed will help your grass to sprout and allow a less visible repair.
- Check with your area nursery or lawn care company to see what time of year is best to seed for your region and type of grass.
- Have your soil tested to see if it is missing any important nutrients or if the pH is off-balance. Treat as needed.
- Water one day prior to seeding, moisten but do not soak.
- Mow the lawn prior to seeding.
- Go over the area a few times with a core aerator or manual lawn aerator. This step is important and best not to skip. A heavy raking will remove heavy thatch if you cannot aerate.
- Add a thin layer of compost if desired or needed.
- Apply the grass seed appropriate to your growing zone and lawn with a drop or broadcast spreader.
- Lightly rake into the soil. (if you have a problem with birds eating seed, add a loose layer of straw just until the seeds germinate)
- Give a gentle soaking of water, but don’t wash the seeds away.
- Keep moist. — Do not mow until new growth is 3.5-4” long
- Fertilize again in 6-8 weeks.
Why is it Important to Patch Damaged Grass?
Patching damaged or burned areas of your lawn is important to a lush, healthy looking landscape. Overseeding is simple and important to your lawn maintenance schedule. But the benefits are greater than simply appearance. It thickens the turf and discourages the growth of weeds. It improves the strength of your lawn and encourages good, strong root growth. Also, it is the best way to create a consistent-looking lawn without doing a full renovation.
Rejuvenate Your Lawn This Fall with Executive Lawn Care
Many people do not have the time or desire to take care of their lawn issues. Residential lawn care does involve seasonal maintenance. This is where your local Dallas Lawn Care Professional can step in to service your lawn, bed, and bush needs for the fall. Executive Lawn Care will take great care of your lawn at a fair price.
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