How to Repair a Damaged Lawn Just in Time For Summer?
No one likes a dying lawn during the summer months. Here's how to repair a damaged lawn and restore it to it's former beauty just in time for summer.
If the other man's grass is always greener then you've come to the right place. Lawns have a habit of getting patchy and worn, especially over the winter. Playful kids, energetic pets and outdoor entertaining can all cause wear and tear too.
Sometimes your garden just needs a bit of a lift. We're here to show you how to repair a damaged lawn so that yours will become the envy of the neighborhood.
Aerate the Lawn
If the soil beneath your lawn becomes compacted, it can cause problems for grassroots. Passages for air to flow are essential so that water and nutrients can feed the roots.
If the soil has become too hard, put on your worker boots and use an aerator to remove hard pieces of soil. Spikes on the bottom of aerator sandals are also effective. They'll create the necessary passageways for air and water.
You can avoid problems caused by compacted soil in the future by landscaping your garden. If you create permanent walkways, you'll reduce the number of times you walk across your lawn. This will help stop the soil below becoming compressed.
Repairing Bare Patches
The spring is one of the best times to carry out these repairs. Rake over the area that needs treating and remove any dead grass or debris.
Spread over a product that contains premium grass seed as well as fertilizer. Water the area every day until the seed takes and begins to sprout. Keep the area clear and, in a few weeks, you'll have new grass where there was once a bare patch.
Feed Your Lawn
Just like your other garden plants, grass needs healthy, good quality soil to survive and flourish. Use slow-release fertilizer in pellet form. This is going to help the roots grow deeper into the soil and keep the grass stronger.
Always try to use natural and organic fertilizers. These are generally better for your grass, as well as the environment. They're also thought to be more effective than synthetics.
When mowing, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. These will then decompose and give back much-needed nutrients to the soil. The clippings also act as a natural mulch which helps the lawn to retain water.
The roots of the grass on your lawn are likely to grow to a depth similar to the height of the blades. A healthy root system needs to be able to resist the heat and dryness during the summer months.
It's best not to cut your lawn lower than around two inches. The longer blades also offer more shade. Try setting your mower a little higher than you might be used to so that the blades remain about three inches long.Soon you'll be looking out from your patio onto a beautifully green lawn.