How to repair patches on your lawn
Bare patches of lawn are an eyesore, but there are several ways to fix them. Here is a quick guide to the various methods of repairing bare patches on your lawn.
Fertiliser Repair (Very Slow Method)
Some small patches can be fixed with a little TLC and some fertiliser, though it takes a lot longer than other methods. If the patches are less than 20cm or thereabouts then you might not need seeds or new turf, but it will depend on the quality of the soil and the general health of the grass itself.
The first step is to de-compact the soil in the bare patch, breaking it up to allow air and nutrients to penetrate through. For new grass to grow you will need to de-compact to a depth of about 10cm. Once it is de-compacted, level the topsoil so it is even with the surrounding areas.
Now you want to apply fertiliser every few weeks, though do check your fertiliser’s instructions for the manufacturer’s recommendations. Also take the time to water the bare areas a minimum of twice a week, maybe more often if your region is experiencing extended hot spells.
Make sure to minimise foot traffic in the areas needing repair, and you are probably looking at a couple of months for the repair process to complete.
Reseed Bare Patches (Medium Slow Method)
To move a little faster you can sow some grass plants seed to speed things along. It can still take a few weeks for results but at least you know the seed is there and new grass will emerge eventually.
First rake the soil to remove debris and then loosen it up with your garden tools. You can add compost or good quality topsoil at this stage to ensure there are plenty of nutrients for the new seeds.
Even out the surface and spread the seeds evenly over the bare patch. You want to cover the surface with the seeds, but be careful not to pile the seeds on top of each other. Hopefully you will also have done some research into the type of grass plants seed you should sow for your region and climate.
Fertiliser can be added once the grass starts growing.
Lay New Turf (Fast Method)
The fastest method is of course to simply lay new turf where the bare patches are. You can buy cultivated lawn turf which you can then use to patch as you please.
When patching, cut off a piece of the cultivated turf that is larger than the bare patch being replaced, You can then place it over the patch and ‘trace’ around the edges with a shovel to make sure you get a good fit. Then use the shovel to remove the traced part to the same thickness as the new turf.
Loosen up the exposed soil before inserting the fresh turf for an instant repair job. Make sure to walk upon the freshly laid turf to help it bond with the soil underneath, and then water it immediately. Water it two or three times a day for a few days to help it take and started actively growing.
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